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build into (something)
1. To construct (something) into something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "build" and "into" to specify what is being built. I thought they were crazy to build their mansion into the side of the cliff like that, but they really pulled it off! The law prohibits us from building into this part of the land.
2. To develop gradually into something larger in size, scope, or meaning. While the film itself is only mediocre, it's obvious that its story is building into something much grander that will be covered in subsequent movies. It may seem inconsequential right now, but this could build into a serious problem for us down the line.
3. To grow or develop something gradually into something larger in size, scope, or meaning. A noun or pronoun can be used between "build" and "into." It's just a short story at the moment, but I hope to build it into a full-fledged novel someday. She's been building her business into something pretty remarkable over the years.
4. To include something as a fundamental component of something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "build" and "into." What new features did they build into this app update? Be sure to build time for audience questions into your presentation.
5. To give someone an essential role in something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "build" and "into." Of course that company isn't hiring—the CEO has built all of his pals into every department!
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build someone into somethingand build someone in
to make a person an integral part of an organization or a plan. The mayor built his cronies into the organizational structure of the town. He built in his relatives as part of the administration.
build something into somethingand build something in
1. to integrate a piece of furniture or an appliance into a building's construction. We will build this cupboard into the wall about here. We are going to build in a chest of drawers. Then we will build another one in.
2. to make a particular quality a basic part of something. We build quality into our cars before we put our name on them. We build in quality.
3. to make a special restriction or specification a part of the plan of something. I built the restriction into our agreement. The lawyer built in the requirement that payments be by certified check.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
To make something or someone an integral part of something: We built overhead lights into the ceiling. The president is building you into the framework of the company.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.