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English definition of “purpose-built”


/ˌpɜːpəsˈbɪlt/ mainly UK
A purpose-built building has been specially designed for the way it will be used.Goals and purposesBuildings in generalShops, markets and auctionsRestaurants and cafes
(Definition of purpose-built from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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