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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BUILD UPON

Let us—you and I—let us build upon it our palace of the spirits.

When we met first and loved, I did not build Upon the event with marble.

Already, as you know, I am half English; there is something to build upon.

I confess, a very fair foundation for a lover to build upon.

Not much to build upon, if one wished to worry Claire, or other people.

Land is a thing, and any person may make it into a farm or garden and build upon it his home.

So much the better if we get the rock to build upon once more.

I build upon every word, every look, every smile I can call to mind.

The only rational way is to find what is good in what is, and build upon it.

But I do build upon it, for I have trust in God and in good men.

WORD ORIGIN

late Old English byldan "construct a house," verb form of bold "house," from Proto-Germanic *buthlam (cf. Old Saxon bodl, Old Frisian bodel "building, house"), from PIE *bhu- "to dwell," from root *bheue- "to be, exist, grow" (see be). Rare in Old English; in Middle English it won out over more common Old English timbran (see timber). Modern spelling is unexplained. Figurative use from mid-15c. Of physical things other than buildings from late 16c. Related: Builded (archaic); built; building.

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