the building and land near to it that a business owns or uses business/commercial/industrial premises The company is looking for larger premises. No alcohol may be consumed on the premises. Police were called to escort her off the premises. These premises are regularly checked by security guards. Synonymsbuildingproperty premises complex structure blockThese are all words for a structure such as a house, office block or factory that has a roof and four wallsbuilding a structure such as a house, office block 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. The price of property has risen enormously. This word is often used when talking about buying/selling houses or other buildings and land.premises [pl.] the building or buildings and surrounding land that a business owns or uses:The company is looking for larger premises.complex a group of buildings of a similar type together in one place:a leisure complexstructure a thing that is made of several parts, especially a building:The pier is a wooden structure.block (British English) a tall building that contains flats or offices; a building that forms part of a school, hospital, etc. and is used for a particular purpose:a block of flats the school’s science blockPatterns a(n) commercial/industrial/residential building/property/premises/complex/block an apartment building/complex/block a/the school building/premises to build a property/complex/structure/block to put up a building/property/structure/block to demolish/pull down a building/property/complex/structure/block See related entries: Construction, Running a businessExtra examples Police were called to escort her off the premises. Smoking is strictly forbidden on school premises. The company is moving to new premises next month. The company moved to new purpose-built premises in Mumbai. The congregation has been looking for alternative premises for some time. The police have the power to enter the premises at any time. We are moving to larger premises next month. No alcohol may be consumed on the premises.