built by the fastening together of several parts or enlarged by the addition of layers: This shoe has a built-up heel.
(of an area) filled in with houses, as an urban region.


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1.  having many buildings (esp in the phrase built-up area)
2.  denoting a beam, girder, or stanchion constructed of sections welded, riveted, or bolted together, etc
3.  increased by the addition of parts: built-up heels

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But the landscape it occupies is the built-up continent of postwar urbanization.
It says it is launching its own inquiry into an episode involving phosphorus shells landing in a built-up area.
Remove entire existing built-up roof system down to the existing roof structure including all flashing and termination materials.
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