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.
- di·lap·i·da·tion, noun
- di·lap·i·da·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dilapidate
to fall or cause to fall into ruin or decay
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