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dilapidated

[dih-lap-i-dey-tid]
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adjective
  1. reduced to or fallen into partial ruin or decay, as from age, wear, or neglect.
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Origin of dilapidated

First recorded in 1800–10; dilapidate + -ed2
Related formsnon·di·lap·i·dat·ed, adjectiveun·di·lap·i·dat·ed, adjective

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run-down, tumbledown, ramshackle, rickety.

dilapidate

[dih-lap-i-deyt]
verb (used with object), di·lap·i·dat·ed, di·lap·i·dat·ing.
  1. 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.
  2. Archaic. to squander; waste.
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verb (used without object), di·lap·i·dat·ed, di·lap·i·dat·ing.
  1. to fall into ruin or decay.
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Origin of dilapidate

1560–70; < Medieval Latin dīlapidātus, past participle of dīlapidāre to squander (compare dīlapidātiō disrepair), Latin: to pelt with stones; see di-2, lapidate
Related formsdi·lap·i·da·tion, noundi·lap·i·da·tor, noun
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Examples from the Web for dilapidated

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  • He was fatigued and dilapidated, but he had not caught Donald.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for dilapidated

dilapidated

adjective
  1. falling to pieces or in a state of disrepair; shabby
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dilapidate

verb
  1. to fall or cause to fall into ruin or decay
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin dīlapidāre to scatter, waste, from dis- apart + lapidāre to stone, throw stones, from lapis stone
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Word Origin and History for dilapidated

adj.

"in ruins, broken down," 1806, past participle adjective from dilapidate.

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dilapidate

v.

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.

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