Share this entry

Share this page

build

Synonyms of build in English:

verb

  • 1 they were building a tree house
  • 2 they are building a business strategy
  • 3 the pressure was building
    increase, mount, intensify, escalate, grow, rise
  • noun

    Back to top  
  • 1 a man of slim build
    physique, frame, body, figure, form, shape, stature, proportions
    informal vital statistics
  • Phrases

    build something in/into

    1
    emergency procedures must be built into every plan
    incorporate in/into, include in, absorb into, subsume into, assimilate into

    build on

    2
    we are now in a position to build on all the wonderful legwork that our staff has accomplished
    expand on, enlarge on, develop, elaborate, flesh out, embellish, amplify;
    refine, improve, perfect

    build up

    3
    the traffic continues to build up
    increase, grow, mount (up), intensify, escalate;
    strengthen

    build something up

    4
  • 1.1 he built up a huge business
    develop, expand, enlarge
  • 2.1 she built up her stamina
    boost, strengthen, increase, improve, augment, raise, enhance, swell
    informal beef up
  • 3.1 I have built up a collection of prints
  • Definition of build in:

    Share this entry

    Share this page

     

    What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

    Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

    Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

    Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

    Word of the day tenebrous
    Pronunciation: ˈtenəbrəs
    adjective
    dark; shadowy or obscure