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     n 1: constitution of the human body [syn: physique, body-build,
     2: alternative names for the body of a human being; "Leonardo
        studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the
        spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" [syn: human body,
         physical body, material body, soma, figure, physique,
         anatomy, shape, bod, chassis, frame, form, flesh]
     v 1: make by combining materials and parts: "this little pig made
          his house out of straw"; "Some eccentric constructed an
          electric brassiere warmer" [syn: construct, make]
     2: form steadily; "Resistance to the manager's plan built up
        quickly" [syn: build up, work up, progress]
     3: build or establish something abstract; "build a reputation"
        [syn: establish]
     4: 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: be engaged in building; "These architects build in
        interesting and new styles"
     8:  found or ground; "build a defense on nothing but the
        accused person's reputation"
     9: increase or strengthen gradually; "This investment is
        building interest"; "We worked up courage" [syn: build up,
         work up]
     10: develop and grow; "Suspense was building right from the
         beginning of the opera"