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Definition of built

: formed as to physique or bodily contours slimly built especially : well or attractively formed

Examples of built in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But full sun is scarce in New England gardens because of our heavy tree canopy, closely built houses, and devotion to sun-hogging lawns. Boston.com Real Estate, "Ask the Gardener: Tips for ridding your lawn of creeping Charlie," 21 Aug. 2019 For its 13th year, Britain’s largest festival for new music and emerging artists expanded its footprint to feature 500 artists and 60 local venues, including two specially built waterfront venues. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Brighton's Great Escape Launches Biggest Year With New Beach Venue and The Smith's Johnny Marr," 18 May 2018 But common threats and the risks of leaving projects half-built force countries and voters together, too. The Economist, "How the EU is trying to find out what on Earth Europeans want," 10 May 2018 This interstate is such a built part of our environment. Amy Bartner, Indianapolis Star, "INDOT's research into options for Downtown's North Split isn't enough, public says," 4 May 2018 The bank also had higher net charge-offs in its card business and built reserves of $300 million, largely due to newer vintages. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "J.P. Morgan’s Earnings Rise, Despite Trading Slowdown," 12 Oct. 2017 The 2017 Cubs remain built to win, with an enviable core of star-level players all over the diamond. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Jose Quintana part of quintet of Cubs stars who are vital to team's turnaround," 14 July 2017 Launched in 2010, the nonprofit has so far built media centers in 10 pediatric hospitals around the country. Ajc Homepage, ajc, "Here’s every job Ryan Seacrest has ever had," 2 May 2017

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circa 1570, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of built was circa 1570

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English Language Learners Definition of built

used to say that someone or something has the right qualities for or to do something
: made, formed, or shaped in a specified way

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not being in agreement or harmony

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