apartment building


Definition of apartment building

: a building containing separate residential apartments

called also apartment house

Examples of apartment building in a Sentence

We lived in an apartment building for several years before buying a house.

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The men and women living in doorways and tents around my apartment building need stable roofs over their heads and a path toward sustainable lives, not spaceships. Tyrone Beason / Columnist, The Seattle Times, "Amazon’s Bezos needs to tackle poverty as boldly as he talks about space," 8 Oct. 2018 And Idaho will open its first apartment building dedicated to ending homelessness. David Staats, idahostatesman, "Who is shaping today's Treasure Valley? Here's what six local leaders shared with us | Idaho Statesman," 11 May 2018 New York City is, overall, much denser than DC and thankfully does not ban apartment buildings across most of its terrain. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The tragedy of Amazon’s HQ2 selections, explained," 9 Nov. 2018 According to records, Pyo has lived an apartment building next door to the boy's family's apartment for just over a year. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "'I want your son.' Mom says man repeated that as he pulled at her 5-year-old," 28 June 2018 The city has apartment buildings with health clinics on site. Stacey Burling, Philly.com, "Shelters, hospitals 'playing ping pong' with Philadelphia's homeless, sick population," 28 June 2018 By The Courant’s presstime, the town council had not voted on the application, which would require a zone change to permit the three apartment buildings near Corbin’s Corner. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "West Hartford: New Britain Ave, Berkshire Road Neighbors Oppose Apartment Complex; Mayor Postpones Vote," 27 June 2018 Roughly 27 people, including 20 children, were displaced after a two-alarm fire struck an apartment building in Woodbridge, Va., officials said. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Two-alarm apartment fire displaces almost 30 people in Woodbridge, Va.," 26 June 2018 As the Reader reported in January, Napolitano and his ward-level Zoning Advisory Committee initially supported the 300-unit apartment building proposed by luxury developer GlenStar. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "News / Housing Lost battle on affordable housing means war on aldermanic prerogative will continue," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of apartment building

1845, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of apartment building

: a large building that has several or many apartments

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Kids Definition of apartment building

: a large building having several apartments

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