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build (builds, present participle building; past and past participle built)

  1. (transitive) To form (something) by combining materials or parts.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?”, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗, page 16 ↗:
      Athelstan Arundel walked home all the way, foaming and raging. No omnibus, cab, or conveyance ever built could contain a young man in such a rage. His mother lived at Pembridge Square, which is four good measured miles from Lincoln's Inn.
  2. (transitive) To develop or give form to (something) according to a plan or process.
  3. (transitive) To increase or strengthen (something) by adding gradually to.
  4. (transitive) To establish a basis for (something).
  5. (intransitive) To form by combining materials or parts.
  6. (intransitive) To develop in magnitude or extent.
  7. (transitive, computing) To construct (software) by compiling its source code.
  8. (intransitive, computing, of source code) To be converted into software by compilation, usually with minimal human intervention.
    This code won't build any more. Have you made any changes?
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  1. (countable, uncountable) The physique of a human body; constitution or structure of a human body.
    Rugby players are of sturdy build.
  2. (computing, countable) Any of various versions of a software product as it is being developed for release to users.
    The computer company has introduced a new prototype build to beta testers.
  3. (gaming, slang, countable) Any structure, such as a building, statue, pool or forest, created by the player.
    I made a build that looked like the Parthenon in that game.
    • 2005, Bill Slavicsek, ‎Richard Baker, Dungeons & Dragons For Dummies (page 279)
      In fact, thousands of D&D players constantly debate the virtues of various character builds (combinations of race, class, feat, and spell choices) and share their efforts with each other in hundreds of message boards and mailing lists.
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