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build

Pronunciation: /bɪld/

Translation of build in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado built)

  • 1.1 (construct, make) [house] construir*, edificar*, hacer*; [bridge/road] construir*; [wall] construir*, levantar, hacer*; [nest] hacer*; [fire] hacer*, preparar; [car] fabricar*; [ship] construir* to build sth out of sth construir* ( or hacer* etc) algo con algo
    Example sentences
    • A swarm of bees cooperates to construct a hive. Humans group together to build towns, cities, and nations.
    • They were fun, but what I remember was that Papa got down on the floor with me and we built things together.
    • A small fort was built out of the material of the stranded vessel and a crew left in charge of it to start a small settlement on the island.
    Example sentences
    • The $1 million facility was built and financed by the town and is being leased by Mediplan.
    • Mrs Jones said that at the moment the PCT would not be able to finance the cost of building a new facility.
    • It's hopeless for the Housing Commission to build estates of this kind.
    1.2 (establish, develop) [career] forjarse; [empire] levantar, construir* he tried to build a new life in America intentó empezar de nuevo en América she built the company from nothing levantó la empresa de la nada
    Example sentences
    • Mr Hussain built up the business when he took over in April last year after a previous arson attack caused £500,000 of damage.
    • The prize-winning herd, established in 1964, was built up to 70 cows, plus followers.
    • Scots settled across the Empire as it developed and built up their own communities such as Dunedin in New Zealand.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado built)

  • 1.1 (erect buildings) edificar* 1.2 (increase) [tension/pressure] aumentar
    Example sentences
    • Kenmare Golf Club has built up a strong and solid reputation over the years.
    • The track built up the anticipation before bouncing around and around the Jazz Café's walls and into the ears.
    • On the afternoon of 4 November 1973, intense thunderstorms built up west of Brisbane.

noun/nombre

  • 1 countable/numerable (body proportions) complexión (feminine) with a slim/an athletic build de complexión delgada/atlética the build of a swimmer el físico de un nadador

Phrasal verbs

build in

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
incorporar see also built-in

build on

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
agregar* the kitchen was built on later la cocina se agregó más tarde

build up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 1.1 (make bigger, stronger) [muscles] fortalecer* to build up one's strength fortalecerse* 1.2 (accumulate) [supplies/experience] acumular; [reserves] acrecentar* they are building up their forces in the area están intensificando su presencia militar en la zona 1.3 (develop) [reputation] forjarse; [confidence] desarrollar; [speed] agarrar or (Spain/España) coger* to build up one's hopes hacerse* ilusiones to build up the tension hacer* que la tensión vaya en aumento they've built up a strong friendship se han hecho muy amigos he built the firm up from nothing levantó la empresa de la nada 1.4 (praise) [colloquial/familiar] poner* por las nubes [colloquial/familiar] they build you up and then they knock you down te ponen por las nubes y luego te echan por tierra [colloquial/familiar] he was built up to be the next world champion llegaron a decir que sería el próximo campeón mundial 1.1verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio 2.1 (accumulate) [dirt] acumularse, juntarse, irse* acumulando or juntando their debts had built up sus deudas se habían ido acumulando 2.2 (increase, develop) [pressure/noise] ir* en aumento his resentment had built up había ido acumulando rencorto build up to sth the tension builds up to a climax la tensión va en aumento hasta llegar a un punto culminante I think he's building up to a nervous breakdown creo que va camino de una crisis nerviosa 2.3 (grow up) [town/settlement] crecer*

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