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build
British English: /bɪld/
American English: /bɪld/

Translation of build in French:

noun

  • a man of stocky/average build
    un homme carré/de carrure moyenne
    he has the build of an athlete
    il a la carrure d'un athlète
    she is slender in build
    elle est mince

transitive verb prét, pp built

  • 1 (construct)
    construire (factory, city, railway)
    édifier (church, monument)
    construire (nest)
    to build somebody a house, to build a house for somebody
    construire une maison pour quelqu'un
    to build a wall from ou out of bricks
    construire un mur en briques
    to build a nest out of twigs
    construire un nid avec des brindilles
    to build an extension onto a house
    agrandir une maison
  • 4 (establish)
    bâtir (career, future)
    établir (relations, relationship)
    fonder (empire)
    créer (prosperity)
    former (team)
    to build a new China
    bâtir une Chine nouvelle
    to build a future for our country/our children
    bâtir un avenir pour notre pays/nos enfants
    to build one's hopes on something
    fonder ses espoirs sur quelque chose
    to build a presence in the European market
    faire sentir sa présence sur le marché européen
  • 5 (Games)
    former (sequence, set, word)

intransitive verb prét, pp built

  • 2 [figurative] (use as a foundation)to build on
    tirer parti de (popularity, success)
    to build on the excitement generated by the first film
    tirer parti de l'enthousiasme suscité par le premier film
    the scheme would build on the existing system
    le projet se fonderait sur le système existant
    the company wishes to build on its Asian base
    la société souhaite se développer à partir de sa base en Asie

Phrasal verbs

build in

build [something] in, build in [something] 1.1 (construct)
encastrer (mirror, bookcase)
to build a wardrobe into a wall
encastrer une penderie dans un mur
1.2 (incorporate)
introduire (clause, provision, guarantee)
to build a safeguard into a contract
introduire une garantie dans un contrat

build up

1 build up
(gas, silt, deposits)
s'accumuler
(traffic)
s'intensifier
(business, trade)
se développer
(tension, pressure, excitement)
monter
2 build up [something], build [something] up 2.1 (accumulate)
accumuler (weapons, wealth)
2.2 (boost)
établir (self-confidence, trust)
gonfler (morale)
don't build your hopes up too high
ne te fais pas d'illusions
2.3 (establish)
constituer (collection)
créer (business, organization)
constituer (army)
établir (picture, profile)
créer (database)
se faire (reputation)
the college built up a large library
le collège s'est constitué une importante bibliothèque
3 build [something/somebody] up, build up [something/somebody] 3.1 (through eating, exercise)
affermir (muscles)
to build up one's forearms
se muscler les avant-bras
to build oneself up, to build up one's strength
3.2 (promote) they built him up to be a star
ils l'ont présenté comme si c'était une vedette

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