building

noun

build·​ing ˈbil-diŋ How to pronounce building (audio)
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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Example Sentences

My office is in that small brick building. We bought the land for building.
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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Building.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/building. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition

building

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