building - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] a structure made of a strong material such as stone or wood that has a roof and walls, for example a house

    The church is the only ancient building in the city to survive.

    The town hall was a huge imposing building.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the process of building houses, factories, office buildings etc

    the building of a new hospital

Word story
The original phrase was ‘Elvis has left the building’, referring to the musician Elvis Presley leaving a radio station at the end of a show in 1956. It was later popularized by the sitcom ‘Frasier’.