Origin of dilapidated
verb (used with object), di·lap·i·dat·ed, di·lap·i·dat·ing.
verb (used without object), di·lap·i·dat·ed, di·lap·i·dat·ing.
Origin of dilapidate
Examples from the Web for dilapidated
The building used to be an all-girls school, and when it was initially purchased by Fortune it was dilapidated.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Here, in a dilapidated room, Saleem recounts the November blast.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We drove for what felt like forever to a sort of dilapidated commercial part of Istanbul on the Asian side of the city.The Model Diaries: In Turkey, It’s No Breasts, No Jobs|Anonymous|January 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That was a big reference point for us—a dilapidated old house, living in it and being bohemian.Tom Hiddleston On His Rocker-Vampire in ‘Only Lovers Left Alive,’ ‘Thor 2,’ and ‘Avengers 2’|Marlow Stern|September 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The building was dilapidated; the neighborhood sketchy; the floor dusty.
The old semaphore's gaunt arms were dilapidated, 217 and it was to come down.A Little Girl in Old San Francisco|Amanda Minnie Douglas
The latter was indeed in dilapidated condition, having lost an arm, and suffering from other wounds.The Lion of the North|G.A. Henty
Turkey is a rather broken-down and dilapidated figure, who is preparing to use his bayonet, but has not got it quite ready.Raemaekers' Cartoons|Louis Raemaekers
But the car standing in front of the house was not the dilapidated Ford that belonged to the Adams family.The Mystery of the Fires|Edith Lavell
He meant to keep his dilapidated stock in as good repair as possible.The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari|James S. De Benneville
Word Origin for dilapidate
"in ruins, broken down," 1806, past participle adjective from 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.