Definition of built-up in US English:



  • 1(of an area) densely covered by houses or other buildings.

    • ‘The plane should have been tested over the sea, not a built-up area, and I just feel there should have been an apology.’
    • ‘The whole built-up area of the town will be judged, generally speaking the area within the speed limits.’
    • ‘Counterattack in a built-up area consists of storming buildings and is conducted with relatively small assets from the second echelon force.’
    • ‘Despite the impression you may have of Hong Kong as an urban hell, its built-up area is actually concentrated in a relatively small area.’
    • ‘The district council issued the notice because it decided there was no over-riding national or local need to justify such a development outside a built-up area, with access directly on to a main road.’
    • ‘It aims to get a higher proportion of people out of their cars at the edge of the built-up area and help us ease congestion.’
    • ‘Parkwood Street is a built-up area where many children play.’
    • ‘Moreover, the built-up area thus formed will become congested with buildings, paving the way for urbanisation and consequent environmental degradation.’
    • ‘It happened in broad daylight in a built-up area crowded with people.’
    • ‘Every soldier's nightmare is fighting in a built-up area.’
    • ‘Although the site lies within a built-up area, in terms of location, it is remote from the nearest large settlement.’
    • ‘And the sort of smart weapon systems that we currently see used to great excess in the battlefield outside towns may not be so smart or efficient in a built-up area.’
    • ‘‘They've built a lot of houses in the time we lived here and the place has changed quite dramatically, so from being right on the edge of town we are in quite a built-up area now,’ says Mike Burton, who moved into the area nine years ago.’
    • ‘It's far easier to get a higher level of safety for pedestrians and cyclists in a busy, built-up area if you have traffic signals.’
    • ‘Between 1980 and 2000 the built-up area of Britain more than doubled, even though the rate of population growth was slight.’
    • ‘But Essex County Council said its guidelines prevented the speed limit being reduced as it is not a built-up area.’
    • ‘Police say the largely built-up area around the park has become one of the town's juvenile nuisance hotspots in recent years and a revamped park would help deter anti-social behaviour.’
    • ‘In the middle of all this woodland is Oxleas Meadows - it's easy to forget you're within the London postcodes here, and only the distant din of the A2 reminds you that you're in the middle of a built-up area.’
    • ‘The York site is at Haxby, about 5 km north of the city center on the edge of the built-up area.’
    • ‘In line with customer expectations of large open and green spaces, most new projects try to keep built-up area to a minimum.’
    town, city, inner-city, densely populated, townified, citified, metropolitan, suburban, non-rural
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  • 2Increased in height by the addition of parts.

    ‘shoes with built-up heels’
    • ‘The built-up roof's membrane is generally thicker and stronger compared to most other roofing options with its multiple layers and gravel surfacing.’
    • ‘Designs in which any type of built-up platform (other than the bed platform) is raised off the floor are not allowed.’
    1. 2.1 (of a feeling) increasing in intensity over a period of time.
      ‘built-up frustration’
      • ‘I think that there's a lot of built-up resentment over the bad movies.’
      • ‘It seemed that years of built-up anger and frustration had erupted.’
      • ‘The students have already acquired a built-up hatred towards each other and, by splitting them up, this hatred will only increase.’
      • ‘It was the expression of the built-up frustration and rage amongst Muslims against the British Government and landlords.’
      • ‘The more passionate scenes involve Bo and Vic, whose built-up frustrations and resentment towards each other explode in an angry fight at Patsy's bedside.’