Definition of built-up in English:


Line breaks: built-up


  • 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
    More example sentences
    • ‘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
    More example sentences
    • 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
    More example sentences
    • 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.

More definitions of built-up

Definition of built-up in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kəːf
a slit made by cutting with a saw