built-in

adjective
\ ˈbilt-ˈin How to pronounce built-in (audio) \

Definition of built-in

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2a : inherent a built-in advantage
b : already established her best-seller status gave her a built-in audience

built-in

noun
\ ˈbilt-ˌin How to pronounce built-in (audio) \

Definition of built-in (Entry 2 of 2)

: a built-in piece of furniture

First Known Use of built-in

Adjective

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1919, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of built-in was in 1898

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“Built-in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/built-in. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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built-in

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of built-in

: included as a part of something
: forming a natural part of someone or something

built-in

adjective
\ ˈbil-ˈtin \

Kids Definition of built-in

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

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