- reduced to or fallen into partial ruin or decay, as from age, wear, or neglect.
Origin of dilapidated
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- to cause or allow (a building, automobile, etc.) to fall into a state of disrepair, as by misuse or neglect (often used passively): The house had been dilapidated by neglect.
- Archaic. to squander; waste.
- to fall into ruin or decay.
Origin of dilapidate
Examples from the Web for dilapidated
The building used to be an all-girls school, and when it was initially purchased by Fortune it was dilapidated.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
Here, in a dilapidated room, Saleem recounts the November blast.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
We drove for what felt like forever to a sort of dilapidated commercial part of Istanbul on the Asian side of the city.The Model Diaries: In Turkey, It’s No Breasts, No Jobs
January 18, 2014
That was a big reference point for us—a dilapidated old house, living in it and being bohemian.Tom Hiddleston On His Rocker-Vampire in ‘Only Lovers Left Alive,’ ‘Thor 2,’ and ‘Avengers 2’
September 7, 2013
The building was dilapidated; the neighborhood sketchy; the floor dusty.Ping-Pong: America’s Most Overlooked Sport?
August 12, 2012
He was fatigued and dilapidated, but he had not caught Donald.The Hunted Outlaw
In the morning a dilapidated iron oil-cask was found in its place.The Einstein See-Saw
Miles John Breuer
In Thebes, in Palmyra, his will and mind have become old and dilapidated as they.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It was a big, old-fashioned dwelling, gambrel-roofed and brown and dilapidated.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
His dress suit of former days he had found much too dilapidated for use.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- falling to pieces or in a state of disrepair; shabby
- to fall or cause to fall into ruin or decay
Word Origin and History for dilapidated
"in ruins, broken down," 1806, past participle adjective from dilapidate.
1560s, "to bring a building to ruin," from Latin dilapidatus, past participle of dilapidare "to squander, waste," originally "to throw stones, scatter like stones;" see dilapidation. Perhaps the English word is a back-formation from dilapidation.