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built Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb make by combining materials and parts
    make; build; construct.
    • this little pig made his house out of straw
    • Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer
  2. verb form or accumulate steadily
    build up; progress; build; work up.
    • Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly
    • Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border
  3. verb build or establish something abstract
    establish; build.
    • build a reputation
  4. verb improve the cleansing action of
    • build detergents
  5. verb order, supervise, or finance the construction of
    • The government is building new schools in this state
  6. verb give form to, according to a plan
    • build a modern nation
    • build a million-dollar business
  7. verb be engaged in building
    • These architects build in interesting and new styles
  8. verb found or ground
    • build a defense on nothing but the accused person's reputation
  9. verb bolster or strengthen
    build up; build; work up; ramp up.
    • We worked up courage
    • build up confidence
    • ramp up security in the airports
  10. verb develop and grow
    • Suspense was building right from the beginning of the opera
  11. adjective satellite (used of soaps or cleaning agents) having a substance (an abrasive or filler) added to increase effectiveness
    • the built liquid detergents

Built noun
  1. Shape; build; form of structure; as, the built of a ship. Obs. Dryden.
Built adjective
  1. Formed; shaped; constructed; made; -- often used in composition and preceded by the word denoting the form; as, frigate-built, clipper-built, etc.
    Like the generality of Genoese countrywomen, strongly built. Landor.

Webster 1913