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Noun: building  bil-ding
  1. A structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
    "there was a three-story building on the corner";
    - edifice
     
  2. The act of constructing something
    "his hobby was the building of boats";
    - construction
     
  3. The commercial activity involved in repairing old structures or constructing new ones
    "workers in the building trades";
    - construction
     
  4. The occupants of a building
    "the entire building complained about the noise"
Verb: build (built)  bild
  1. Make by combining materials and parts
    "Some eccentric built an electric brassiere warmer";
    - construct, make
     
  2. Form or accumulate steadily
    "Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly"; "Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border";
    - build up, work up, progress
     
  3. Build or create something abstract
    "build a reputation";
    - establish
     
  4. (chemistry) improve the cleansing action of
    "build detergents"
     
  5. Order, supervise, or finance the construction of
    "The government is building new schools in this state"
     
  6. Give form to, according to a plan
    "build a modern nation"; "build a million-dollar business"
     
  7. (architecture) be engaged in building
    "These architects build in interesting and new styles"
     
  8. Found or ground
    "build a defence on nothing but the accused person's reputation"
     
  9. Bolster or strengthen
    "build up confidence";
    - build up, work up, ramp up
     
  10. Develop and grow
    "Suspense was building right from the beginning of the opera"

Derived forms: buildings

Type of: ameliorate, amend, assemblage, base, better, business, business enterprise, commercial enterprise, construction, create, creating from raw materials, deepen, develop, establish, found, gathering, ground, improve, increase, intensify, make, manage, meliorate, mend, oversee, structure, superintend, supervise

Encyclopedia: Building

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