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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Synonyms for building


edifice, 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.

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But the project was eventually scrapped by Trammell Crow after density and building height concerns were raised by council members, Village residents and their neighbors. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, "Apartments, restaurant proposed for vacant land near the Village at Mendota Heights," 15 June 2019 Far from Silicon Valley, Epic Games calls home this office building in Cary, N.C. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "The Man Behind ‘Fortnite’," 15 June 2019 The 19th-century building faces the clock on Chardon Square. Marc Bona,, "Element 41: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 15 June 2019 Why can’t these buildings be used for emergency housing for people in need? Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Vacant Oakland buildings could house the homeless," 15 June 2019 Several designers, meanwhile, commented in reviews online that they were inspired by the building’s interior design. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "Airbnb offers $24 tours of its company headquarters," 15 June 2019 The masses gathered around government buildings this week were without clear leaders. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "Masks, cash and apps: How Hong Kong's protesters find ways to outwit the surveillance state," 15 June 2019 Firefighters and police responding to a call about a van that was ablaze found its owner fatally stabbed and lying on the street, with the van on fire behind a building in the East Chatham neighborhood, Chicago police said. Deanese Williams-harris,, "Man found fatally stabbed on street in East Chatham neighborhood, van set on fire near scene," 15 June 2019 Rutherford said the building was demolished after a fire nine years ago. Larry Barszewski,, "He thought he snagged a villa for $9,100. He got a foot-wide strip of land.," 15 June 2019

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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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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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