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dilapidate

[dih-lap-i-deyt]
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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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Historical Examples

  • 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

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

    An Unsocial Socialist

    George Bernard Shaw


British Dictionary definitions for dilapidate

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 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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