Definition of building in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbildiNG/
(abbreviation bldg.)


1A structure with a roof and walls, such as a house, school, store, or factory.
Example sentences
  • In my view, it would be illogical and incorrect to describe these two buildings as a house.
  • The few settlements we pass look grey and mean, low stone buildings with grass roofs.
  • One of the plans was for the gallery and museum buildings to be turned into luxury flats.
structure, construction, edifice, erection;
property, premises, establishment
2The process or business of constructing something: the building of highways [as modifier]: building materials
More example sentences
  • Modeling clay and other building materials like blocks can help children explore.
  • Prior to the Civil War, New York City led the nation in steamship and engine building.
  • I spent a few days at his yard, watching the process of designing and building.
construction, erection, fabrication, assembly
2.1The process of creating or developing something, typically a system or situation, over a period of time: the building of democracy in Guatemala
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  • Effective standards are the result of a consensus building process among all affected interests.
  • It called for unity with other trade unions, building alliances with public sector unions across towns and cities.
  • The key to Basic Fantasy Football is making smart trades and building roster value.

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Syllabification: build·ing

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