- 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
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- to fall or cause to fall into ruin or decay
C16: from Latin dīlapidāre to scatter, waste, from dis- apart + lapidāre to stone, throw stones, from lapis stone
Word Origin and History for 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper