|1.||[ verb ] make by combining materials and parts|
: "this little pig made his house out of straw" "Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer"
|Related terms:||make raise rebuild frames revet corduroy wattle customize cantilever lock channelise groin construction maker builder|
|2.||[ verb ] form or accumulate steadily|
|Synonyms:||build_up work_up progress|
"Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly" "Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border"
|Related terms:||develop develop build_up|
|3.||[ verb ] build or establish something abstract|
"build a reputation"
|4.||[ noun ] constitution of the human body|
|Synonyms:||physique habitus body-build|
|Related terms:||bodily_property body_type dumpiness lankiness|
|5.||[ verb ] improve the cleansing action of; build detergents"|
|Related terms:||better chemistry|
|6.||[ verb ] be engaged in building|
"These architects build in interesting and new styles"
|Related terms:||create architecture construct|
|7.||[ verb ] increase or strengthen gradually|
|Synonyms:||work_up ramp_up build_up|
"This investment is building interest" "We worked up courage"
|8.||[ verb ] order, supervise, or finance the construction of|
"The government is building new schools in this state"
|Related terms:||oversee construction|
|9.||[ verb ] found or ground|
"build a defense on nothing but the accused person's reputation"
|10.||[ verb ] give form to, according to a plan|
"build a modern nation" "build a million-dollar business"
|11.||[ verb ] develop and grow|
"Suspense was building right from the beginning of the opera"
|12.||[ noun ] alternative names for the body of a human being|
|Synonyms:||figure form flesh shape frame human_body anatomy bod chassis soma physique material_body physical_body|
"Leonardo studied the human body" "he has a strong physique" "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"
|Related terms:||body person female_body juvenile_body adult_body male_body person homo leg|