Definition of built-up in English:

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Pronunciation: /bɪltˈʌp/


1(Of an area) densely covered by buildings: he steered the stricken aircraft away from the built-up area although the centre of Funchal is very built-up, there is still a lot of green land around the city
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  • ‘They've built a lot of houses in the time we lived here and the place has changed quite dramatically, so from being right on the edge of town we are in quite a built-up area now,’ says Mike Burton, who moved into the area nine years ago.
  • Every soldier's nightmare is fighting in a built-up area.
  • Parkwood Street is a built-up area where many children play.
2Increased in height by the addition of parts: shoes with built-up heels
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  • The built-up roof's membrane is generally thicker and stronger compared to most other roofing options with its multiple layers and gravel surfacing.
  • Designs in which any type of built-up platform (other than the bed platform) is raised off the floor are not allowed.
2.1(Of a feeling) increasing in intensity over a period of time: built-up frustration
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  • The more passionate scenes involve Bo and Vic, whose built-up frustrations and resentment towards each other explode in an angry fight at Patsy's bedside.
  • I think that there's a lot of built-up resentment over the bad movies.
  • It seemed that years of built-up anger and frustration had erupted.
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