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built-in

adjective \ ˈbilt-ˈin \

Definition of built-in

1 a : forming an integral part of a structure or object
  • a camera with a built-in flash
; especially : constructed as or in a recess in a wall
  • a built-in bookshelf
b : built into the ground
  • a built-in swimming pool
2 a : inherent
  • a built-in advantage
b : already established
  • her best-seller status gave her a built-in audience

First Known Use of built-in

1898

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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built-in

noun \ -ˌin \

Definition of built-in

: a built-in piece of furniture

First Known Use of built-in

1919

in the meaning defined above

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BUILT-IN Defined for English Language Learners

built-in

Definition of built-in for English Language Learners

  • : included as a part of something

  • : forming a natural part of someone or something


BUILT-IN Defined for Kids

built-in

adjective \ ˈbil-ˈtin \

Definition of built-in for Students

: forming a permanent part of a structure
  • built-in bookcases


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