- built-in UK US /ˌbɪltˈɪn/ adjective [before noun] (also inbuilt)► included, made, or designed as part of something: »
Most new laptops have built-in Wi-Fi.
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Built — Built, a. Formed; shaped; constructed; made; often used in composition and preceded by the word denoting the form; as, frigate built, clipper built, etc. [1913 Webster] Like the generality of Genoese countrywomen, strongly built. Landor. [1913… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
built-in — built′ in adj. 1) bui built so as to be an integral and permanent part of a larger construction: built in bookcases[/ex] 2) existing as a natural or characteristic part; inherent: a built in contempt for daydreamers[/ex] 3) bui a built in… … From formal English to slang
Built — (b[i^]lt), n. Shape; build; form of structure; as, the built of a ship. [Obs.] Dryden. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
built-up — adj a built up area has a lot of buildings and not many open spaces ▪ He was fined for speeding in a built up area … Dictionary of contemporary English
built-up — adjective a built up area has many buildings in it: This is the only built up area on 500 miles of coastline … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
built — pp. of BUILD (Cf. build). Meaning physically well developed is by 1940s (well built in reference to a woman is from 1871); Built in (adj.) is from 1898 … Etymology dictionary
built-up — built′ up′ adj. 1) built by the fastening together of several parts or enlarged by the addition of layers: a shoe with a built up heel[/ex] 2) (of an area) filled in with houses • Etymology: 1820–30 … From formal English to slang
built-in — adj forming a part of something that cannot be separated from it →↑inbuilt ▪ a built in microphone … Dictionary of contemporary English
built-in — adjective forming part of something, and not separate from it: a word processor with a built in spellchecker … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
built-in — [adj] included congenital, constitutional, deep seated, essential, implicit, inborn, inbred, in built, incorporated, indwelling, ingrained, inherent, innate, inseparable, integral, part and parcel*; concept 549 Ant. added, extra, not included … New thesaurus