1. construct, build, make, make, create

usage: make by combining materials and parts; "this little pig made his house out of straw"; "Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer"

2. build up, work up, build, progress, develop

usage: form or accumulate steadily; "Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly"; "Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border"

3. build, establish, make, create

usage: build or establish something abstract; "build a reputation"

4. build, better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorate

usage: improve the cleansing action of; "build detergents"

5. build, oversee, supervise, superintend, manage

usage: order, supervise, or finance the construction of; "The government is building new schools in this state"

6. build, develop

usage: give form to, according to a plan; "build a modern nation"; "build a million-dollar business"

7. build, create

usage: be engaged in building; "These architects build in interesting and new styles"

8. build, establish, base, ground, found

usage: found or ground; "build a defense on nothing but the accused person's reputation"

9. build up, work up, build, ramp up, increase

usage: bolster or strengthen; "We worked up courage"; "build up confidence"; "ramp up security in the airports"

10. build, intensify, deepen

usage: develop and grow; "Suspense was building right from the beginning of the opera"


1. built, reinforced, improved (vs. unimproved)

usage: (used of soaps or cleaning agents) having a substance (an abrasive or filler) added to increase effectiveness; "the built liquid detergents"

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