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  • IPA(key): /ˈbɪldɪŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪldɪŋ
  • Hyphenation: build‧ing

Etymology 1Edit

white buildings in Leipzig

From Middle English bildyng, buildyng, buyldyng, byldyng, bulding, beldyng, equivalent to build +‎ -ing.


building (countable and uncountable, plural buildings)

  1. (uncountable) The act or process by which something is built; construction.
    Synonym: construction
    The building of the bridge will be completed in a couple of weeks.
  2. (countable) A closed structure with walls and a roof.
    Synonyms: edifice; see also Thesaurus:building
    • 2013 July 19, Mark Tran, “Denied an education by war”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 1:
      One particularly damaging, but often ignored, effect of conflict on education is the proliferation of attacks on schools [] as children, teachers or school buildings become the targets of attacks. Parents fear sending their children to school. Girls are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence.
    My sister lives in that apartment building.
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Etymology 2Edit

See build



  1. present participle of build



Borrowed from English building.



building m (plural buildings)

  1. tower, skyscraper (tall building)
    Synonyms: gratte-ciel, tour