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Definition of building noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a structure such as a house, school, or factory that has a roof and walls tall/old/historic buildings Topic CollocationsDecorating and Home Improvementhouses refurbish/renovate a building/a house convert a building/house/room into homes/offices/ apartments/condominiums/condos extend/enlarge a house/building/room/kitchen build an addition (on/to something)/a sunroom/a deck knock down/demolish a house/home/building/wall knock out/down the wall separating two roomsdecorating furnish/paint/repaint a home/house/apartment/room be decorated in bright colors/in a traditional style/with flowers/with paintings paint/plaster the walls/ceiling hang/put up/strip off/remove (the) wallpaper install/replace/remove the bathroom fixtures build/put up shelves lay wooden flooring/timber decking/floor tiles/a carpet/a patio floor put up/hang/take down a picture/painting/poster/curtainhome improvement do carpentry/the plumbing/the wiring (yourself) make home improvements add/install central heating/underfloor heating/insulation install double-glazing/a smoke alarm insulate your house/your home/the walls/the pipes/the tanks/the attic fix/repair a roof/a leak/a pipe/the plumbing/a leaking faucet block/clog (up)/unblock/unclog a pipe/sink/drain make/drill/fill a hole hammer (in)/pull out/remove a nail tighten/loosen/remove a screw saw/cut/treat/stain/varnish/paint wood
  2. 2[uncountable] the process and work of building the building of the school There's building work going on next door. the building trade building materials/costs/regulations Thesaurusbuildingproperty premises complex structureThese are all words for a structure such as a house, school, or factory that has a roof and four walls.building a structure such as a house, school, or factory that has a roof and four wallsproperty a building or buildings and the surrounding land; land and buildings:We have a buyer who would like to view the property. Property values have risen enormously. This word is often used when talking about buying/selling houses or other buildings and land.premises [pl.] (formal) the building or buildings and surrounding land that a business or person owns or uses:The police searched the premises.complex a group of buildings of a similar type together in one place:an apartment complexstructure a thing that is made of several parts, especially a building:The pier is a wooden structure.Patterns (a/an) commercial/industrial/residential building/property/premises/complex an apartment building/complex a/the school building/premises to build a property/complex/structure to put up a building/property/structure to demolish/knock down a building/property/complex/structure
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