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built-in

[ bilt-in ]
/ ˈbɪltˌɪn /
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adjective
built so as to be an integral and permanent part of a larger construction: The wall has a built-in bookcase.
existing as a natural or characteristic part of something; inherent: a built-in contempt for daydreaming.
noun
a built-in piece of furniture or appliance.
an additional feature or capability, as of a machine or a service: a car with power steering, power brakes, and other built-ins.
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Origin of built-in

First recorded in 1895–1900
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British Dictionary definitions for built-in

built-in

adjective
made or incorporated as an integral parta built-in cupboard; a built-in escape clause
essential; inherent
noun
Australian a built-in cupboard or wardrobe
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