- build build [bɪld] verb built PTandPP [bɪlt] [transitive]1. MANUFACTURING to make or put together large things such as buildings, cars, ships, roads etc:
• New offices are being built on the site.
• No new ships are being built at the yard now.
• Sales of cars built in the US are falling.2. COMMERCE also build up to create something over a long period of time by adding to it gradually:
• a peasant's son who built an enormous business empire
• He built the company into one of the world's biggest jewelery concerns.
• The drugs company has built up a formidable sales force.
• The government has recently built up currency reserves by buying U.S. dollars.3. LAW when lawyers build a case, they put together facts, information etc to try to convince a court that someone is innocent or guilty:
• He said prosecutors had built a case based on circumstantial evidence (= evidence that can make you believe that something happened, but does not prove that it did ) .
* * *Ⅰ.build UK US /bɪld/ verb (built, built)► [I or T] to make a building or other structure by putting different parts or materials together: »
New offices were built downtown to house the company's headquarters.»
The city plans to build three new parking structures next to the airport.»
build cars/planes/machinery, etc.► [T] to create something from a collection of ideas, plans, information, people, etc.: »
build a website/network»
build a company/team/department► [T] (also build up) to develop something gradually so that it becomes larger, more powerful, more successful, etc.: build up a career/business/brand »
He moved to London where he built up a successful career in journalism.► [T] IT to create a computer program: »
Researchers have built a sophisticated computer program to search for answers.● build a case — Cf. build a case● be built to flip — Cf. be built to flip● be built to last — Cf. be built to lastⅡ.build UK US /bɪld/ noun [C]► IT a computer program that is being developed: »
Developers are testing the latest build for errors.► PROPERTY a building that is being built or that has recently been built: »
To say that we can get every build in the biggest school building project right first time is not realistic.»
Prices for new builds fell 3%.
Financial and business terms. 2012.