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build on (2)

Meaning: to add a new section to a house or a building

For example:

  • build on We need a bigger house, and we can either sell this one and buy a bigger one, or keep this one and build on.

  • build sth on The owners wanted two extra floors and they built them on without getting approval from the council, so now they have to pull the whole building down.

  • build on sth We're going to build on another bedroom out the back.

Nouns often used as objects with
build on (2): room, floor, storey, extension, verandah, porch, carport, garage

Quick Quiz:

Instead of buying a bigger house, we've decided to build on
  1. a drive-way
  2. an extra room
  3. a swimming pool

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