building meaning

[ 'bildiŋ ] Pronunciation:   "building" in a sentence
Noun: building  bilding
  1. A structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
    "there was a three-story building on the corner"
    - edifice 
  2. The act of constructing something
    "his hobby was the building of boats"
    - construction 
  3. The commercial activity involved in repairing old structures or constructing new ones
    "workers in the building trades"
    - construction 
  4. The occupants of a building
    "the entire building complained about the noise"
Verb: build (built)  bild
  1. Make by combining materials and parts
    - construct, make 
  2. Form or accumulate steadily
    "Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly"; "Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border"
    - build up, work up, progress 
  3. Build or establish something abstract
    "build a reputation"
    - establish 
  4. Improve the cleansing action of
    "build detergents" 
  5. Order, supervise, or finance the construction of
    "The government is building new schools in this state" 
  6. Give form to, according to a plan
    "build a modern nation"; "build a million-dollar business" 
  7. Be engaged in building
    "These architects build in interesting and new styles" 
  8. Found or ground
    "build a defence on nothing but the accused person's reputation" 
  9. Bolster or strengthen
    "build up confidence"
    - build up, work up, ramp up 
  10. Develop and grow
    "Suspense was building right from the beginning of the opera"

Derived forms: buildings

See also: builder

Type of: ameliorate, amend, assemblage, base, better, business, business enterprise, commercial enterprise, construction, create, creating from raw materials, deepen, develop, establish, found, gathering, ground, improve, increase, intensify, make, manage, meliorate, oversee, structure, superintend, supervise

Encyclopedia: Build



A more or less enclosed and permanent structure for housing, commerce, industry, etc., distinguished from mobile structures and those not intended for occupancy. Also see accessory building.



1 [C]

a structure such as a house or school that has a roof and walls:

office buildings

2 [U]

the process or work of building:

a building company

building materials See note at CONSTRUCTION

[Civil engineering]
A fixed structure for human occupancy and use.


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  1. they are going to pull down that building.
  2. many buildings were demolished by a hurricane.
  3. they 're going to remove into a new building.
  4. factory buildings spread out over the hillside.
  5. and the marina building had started to go.

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