build·​ing | \ ˈbil-diŋ How to pronounce building (audio) \

Definition of building

1 : a usually roofed and walled structure built for permanent use (as for a dwelling)
2 : the art or business of assembling materials into a structure

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Examples of building in a Sentence

My office is in that small brick building. We bought the land for building.
Recent Examples on the Web The building was closed to the public because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Portland man accused of assaulting 6 police officers at Salem anti-mask rally," 6 Jan. 2021 The building will also be home to a police museum where visitors can tour the grounds, which were home to Oscar Wilde's trial. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "The most-anticipated 2021 hotel openings around the world," 31 Dec. 2020 The building is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is a portable restroom in the parking lot. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Keep an eye out for Yule troublemakers on Medina County hike," 31 Dec. 2020 The building is home to mostly elderly and disabled residents. Carol Robinson |, al, "Mother and son killed in Birmingham apartment fire identified," 30 Dec. 2020 However, the building is unstable because of the damage. Fox News, "Massachusetts fire in Black church being investigated as arson," 29 Dec. 2020 The Campbell Road building isn’t Stanton Road’s largest North Texas property. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "California investor expands its Texas holdings with purchase near DFW Airport," 28 Dec. 2020 The building eventually is to have outdoor picnic seating. Staff Report,, "New Orleans opens clubhouse with concessions, restrooms on Lafitte Greenway," 28 Dec. 2020 Gagliano said the building is not well-marked as an AT&T facility. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Here's how officials are likely to handle the investigation of the Nashville explosion," 26 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of building

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of building was in the 13th century

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13 Jan 2021

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“Building.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of building

: a structure (such as a house, hospital, school, etc.) with a roof and walls that is used as a place for people to live, work, do activities, store things, etc.
: the act or process of making structures by putting together materials


build·​ing | \ ˈbil-diŋ How to pronounce building (audio) \

Kids Definition of building

1 : a permanent structure built as a dwelling, shelter, or place for human activities or for storage an office building
2 : the art, work, or business of assembling materials into a structure

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