[ dih-lap-i-deyt ]
/ d瑟藞l忙p 瑟藢de瑟t /
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Definition of dilapidate

verb (used with object), di路lap路i路dat路ed, di路lap路i路dat路ing.
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.
verb (used without object), di路lap路i路dat路ed, di路lap路i路dat路ing.
to fall into ruin or decay.
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Origin of dilapidate

1560鈥70; <Medieval Latin d墨lapid膩tus, past participle of d墨lapid膩re to squander (compare d墨lapid膩ti艒 disrepair), Latin: to pelt with stones; see di-2, lapidate


di路lap路i路da路tion, noundi路lap路i路da路tor, noun
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How to use dilapidate in a sentence

  • Smilash had immediately promised to dilapidate it to its former state at the end of the year.

    An Unsocial Socialist|George Bernard Shaw
  • Everything about the villain stream has a dilapidate, broken-down air: the very mud of the Spider Water is rusty.

    Held for Orders|Frank H. Spearman

British Dictionary definitions for dilapidate

/ (d瑟藞l忙p瑟藢de瑟t) /

to fall or cause to fall into ruin or decay

Word Origin for dilapidate

C16: from Latin d墨lapid膩re to scatter, waste, from dis- apart + lapid膩re to stone, throw stones, from lapis stone
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