pur·​pose-built ˌpər-pəs-ˈbilt How to pronounce purpose-built (audio)
chiefly British
: built for a particular purpose

Examples of purpose-built in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The country’s northernmost region happens to be flush with hotels that are purpose-built for snoozing under the night sky, where the Northern Lights are visible about 200 nights a year. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, 11 Mar. 2024 Prosecutors described the rural property as a compound that was heavily fortified, purpose-built, and militarized. USA TODAY, 7 Mar. 2024 The Storm Trails feel purpose-built for those with adventurous proclivities. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 7 Mar. 2024 Companies should favor solutions purpose-built for their specific use cases rather than defaulting to the latest viral sensation. Sylvain Duranton, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024 Garments independently purpose-built for each of these users would probably diverge mightily from each other; a 21-year-old elite athlete has different physical needs than a middle-aged insurance adjuster at a sports bar. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 20 Feb. 2024 The company later unveiled an electric shuttle called Origin that was purpose-built to be a robotaxi, and Cruise hoped to run a service by the end of 2019. David Welch, Fortune, 25 Jan. 2024 While certainly street legal, Ford’s second iteration of its GT supercar is an unapologetically brutal and purpose-built machine. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 16 Jan. 2024 But mainframes, which are purpose-built to process enormous amounts of data, are still extremely relevant today. Andrew Hudson, Ars Technica, 24 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of purpose-built was in 1954

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“Purpose-built.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purpose-built. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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