Definition of design-build in US English:

design-build

(also design and build, design/build)

noun

  • In the construction industry: a delivery system or process whereby a single contractor is responsible for the costing, designing, planning, and building of a structure or project. Originally and frequently attributive.

Origin

1960s; earliest use found in The Guardian. In some forms from design + build. In some forms from design + and + build.

Pronunciation

design-build

/dɪˌzʌɪnˈbɪld/