I. adjective Date: 1898 1. a. forming an integral part of a structure or object <
a camera with a built-in flash
; especially constructed as or in a recess in a wall <
a built-in bookshelf
b. built into the ground <
a built-in swimming pool
2. a. inherent <
a built-in advantage
b. already established <
her best-seller status gave her a built-in audience
II. noun Date: 1930 a built-in piece of furniture

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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