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Build vs. Construct: Know the Difference

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"Build" generally means to create or assemble something, often implying a process or development, while "construct" is more specific, referring to the systematic assembly of something, typically structures, using specific materials and plans.
Build vs. Construct

Key Differences

Build encompasses a broader spectrum of creation, including the formation or development of abstract concepts, relationships, or physical objects. Construct, in contrast, specifically refers to the making of something from individual parts, often implying a more structured and planned process.
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The term build is versatile, used in both tangible and intangible contexts, like building a house or building trust. Construct is more concrete, primarily used for physical structures, requiring materials and a blueprint.
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Build can imply a gradual process, focusing on the act of putting together components over time. Construct, however, often denotes a more immediate and practical application, such as constructing a building or a machine.
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In technology and software, to build can mean to compile software from code, indicating a process of development and testing. To construct in such contexts is less common and would imply the actual assembly of hardware or complex systems.
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The metaphorical use of build is common, like building a case or an argument, denoting the gradual assembly of ideas. Construct is less often used metaphorically and remains closely tied to physical or systematic assembly.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

Create or assemble with a broader implication.
Systematically assemble, usually structures.
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Context of Use

Both tangible and intangible contexts.
Primarily for physical, structured projects.
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Process Implication

Implies a gradual, developmental process.
Indicates a planned, systematic assembly.
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Usage in Technology

Refers to software compilation and development.
Implies the assembly of hardware or systems.
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Metaphorical Use

Common in building concepts or ideas.
Less common, stays close to physical assembly.
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Build and Construct Definitions

Build

To compile and assemble software from code.
The team is building the new app version for release.
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Construct

To formulate a plan or proposal methodically.
The team constructed a detailed business plan.
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Build

To form by combining materials or parts; construct.
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Construct

To form an idea or theory systematically.
The scientist constructed a theory based on her findings.
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Build

To order, finance, or supervise the construction of
The administration built several new housing projects.
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Construct

To build or form by putting together parts.
The company will construct a new bridge across the river.
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Build

To develop or give form to according to a plan or process; create
Build a nation.
Built a successful business out of their corner grocery store.
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Construct

To assemble components into a functional whole.
Engineers construct buildings using advanced materials.
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Build

To increase or strengthen by adding gradually to
Money building interest in a savings account.
Build support for a political candidate.
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Construct

To form by assembling or combining parts; build.
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Build

To establish a basis for; found or ground
Build an argument on fact.
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Construct

To create (an argument or a sentence, for example) by systematically arranging ideas or terms.
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Build

To make something by combining materials or parts.
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Construct

(Mathematics) To draw (a geometric figure) that meets specific requirements.
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To engage in the construction or design of buildings
"Each of the three architects built in a different style" (Dwight Macdonald).
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Construct

Something formed or constructed from parts.
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Build

To develop in magnitude or extent
Clouds building on the horizon.
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Construct

A concept, model, or schematic idea
A theoretical construct of the atom.
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To progress toward a maximum, as of intensity
Suspense building from the opening scene to the climax.
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Construct

A concrete image or idea
"[He] began to shift focus from the haunted constructs of terror in his early work" (Stephen Koch).
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The physical makeup of a person or thing, especially one's physique
An athletic build.
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Construct

Something constructed from parts.
The artwork was a construct of wire and tubes.
Loops and conditional statements are constructs in computer programming.
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(Computers) Any of various versions of a software product as it is being developed for release to users.
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Construct

A concept or model.
Bohr's theoretical construct of the atom was soon superseded by quantum mechanics.
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Build

(transitive) To form (something) by combining materials or parts.
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(genetics) A segment of nucleic acid, created artificially, for transplantation into a target cell or tissue.
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Build

(transitive) To develop or give form to (something) according to a plan or process.
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Construct

(transitive) To build or form (something) by assembling parts.
We constructed the radio from spares.
A wall constructed of random stones.
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Build

(transitive) To increase or strengthen (something) by adding gradually to.
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Construct

(transitive) To build (a sentence, an argument, etc.) by arranging words or ideas.
A sentence may be constructed with a subject, verb and object.
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(transitive) To establish a basis for (something).
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Construct

To draw (a geometric figure) by following precise specifications and using geometric tools and techniques.
Construct a circle that touches each vertex of the given triangle.
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Build

(intransitive) To form by combining materials or parts.
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Construct

To put together the constituent parts of (something) in their proper place and order; to build; to form; to make; as, to construct an edifice.
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Build

(intransitive) To develop in magnitude or extent.
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Construct

To devise; to invent; to set in order; to arrange; as, to construct a theory of ethics.
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Build

To construct (software) by compiling its source code.
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Construct

Formed by, or relating to, construction, interpretation, or inference.
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Build

To be converted into software by compilation, usually with minimal human intervention.
This code won’t build any more. Have you made any changes?
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Construct

An abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
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Build

The physique of a human or animal body, or other object; constitution or structure.
Rugby players are of sturdy build.
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Construct

Make by combining materials and parts;
This little pig made his house out of straw
Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer
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Build

Any of various versions of a software product as it is being developed for release to users.
The computer company has introduced a new prototype build to beta testers.
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Construct

Put together out of components or parts;
The company fabricates plastic chairs
They manufacture small toys
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Build

A structure, such as a building, statue, pool or forest, or a configuration of a character's items or skills, created by the player.
I made a build that looked like the Parthenon in that game.
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Construct

Draw with suitable instruments and under specified conditions;
Construct an equilateral triangle
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To erect or construct, as an edifice or fabric of any kind; to form by uniting materials into a regular structure; to fabricate; to make; to raise.
Nor aught availed him nowTo have built in heaven high towers.
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Construct

Create by linking linguistic units;
Construct a sentence
Construct a paragraph
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Build

To raise or place on a foundation; to form, establish, or produce by using appropriate means.
Who builds his hopes in air of your good looks.
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Construct

Create by organizing and linking ideas, arguments, or concepts;
Construct a proof
Construct an argument
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Build

To increase and strengthen; to increase the power and stability of; to settle, or establish, and preserve; - frequently with up; as, to build up one's constitution.
I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up.
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Construct

Reassemble mentally;
Reconstruct the events of 20 years ago
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Build

To exercise the art, or practice the business, of building.
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Construct

To create something complex by assembling parts.
They are constructing a prototype of the new machine.
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Build

To rest or depend, as on a foundation; to ground one's self or one's hopes or opinions upon something deemed reliable; to rely; as, to build on the opinions or advice of others.
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Form or mode of construction; general figure; make; as, the build of a ship; a great build on a man.
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Constitution of the human body
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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
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Make by combining materials and parts;
This little pig made his house out of straw
Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer
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Form or accumulate steadily;
Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly
Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border
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Build or establish something abstract;
Build a reputation
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Build

Improve the cleansing action of;
Build detergents
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Build

Order, supervise, or finance the construction of;
The government is building new schools in this state
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Build

Give form to, according to a plan;
Build a modern nation
Build a million-dollar business
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Build

Be engaged in building;
These architects build in interesting and new styles
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Build

Found or ground;
Build a defense on nothing but the accused person's reputation
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Bolster or strengthen;
We worked up courage
Build up confidence
Ramp up security in the airports
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Build

Develop and grow;
Suspense was building right from the beginning of the opera
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Build

To form by combining materials or parts.
They plan to build a new house next year.
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Build

To develop something gradually.
She is building a career in law.
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To increase or strengthen over time.
The athlete is building his endurance for the marathon.
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To create a strong foundation or basis.
They aim to build a solid relationship with their clients.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

What's the primary use of 'construct'?

Construct is used for systematically assembling structures or objects.
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Is 'construct' used metaphorically often?

No, it's typically used in a literal, physical sense.
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Can 'build' be used in an abstract sense?

Yes, it can refer to developing non-physical things like relationships.
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What does 'build' imply in general?

Build implies creating or assembling something, often over time.
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Does 'build' have different meanings in technology?

In technology, it often means compiling software.
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Is it correct to say 'build a machine'?

Yes, it's correct and implies a process.
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Does 'build' only apply to physical objects?

No, it can also apply to abstract concepts.
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Which term is broader in meaning, 'build' or 'construct'?

'Build' has a broader application.
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Is 'construct' used in casual conversation?

Less so; it's more formal and specific.
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Can 'construct' refer to theoretical concepts?

Rarely, it's mostly used for tangible objects.
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Can 'construct' be used for emotional aspects?

Rarely, it's usually reserved for physical creation.
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Does 'construct' imply using specific materials?

Typically, it implies planned use of specific materials.
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What about using 'construct' for software?

It's less common and would suggest assembling complex systems.
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How do 'build' and 'construct' differ in architecture?

'Build' is more general, while 'construct' implies detailed planning.
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Is 'build' suitable for describing software development?

Yes, it's commonly used in that context.
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What's an example of 'construct' in engineering?

Constructing a dam or a complex machinery.
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Is 'build' used in the context of relationships?

Yes, like building trust or a partnership.
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Which term is more specific, 'build' or 'construct'?

'Construct' is more specific and structured.
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Can 'build' imply a gradual process?

Yes, it often signifies a gradual development.
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Can 'build' be used in a metaphorical sense?

Yes, like building a case or an argument.
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