built-in

[ bilt-in ]
/ ˈbɪltˌɪn /

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.

Nearby words

  1. building society,
  2. building trades,
  3. buildup,
  4. built,
  5. built cane,
  6. built-in obsolescence,
  7. built-up,
  8. built-up mast,
  9. built-up roof,
  10. buisson

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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