[ dih-lap-i-deyt ]
/ dɪˈlæp ɪˌdeɪt /

verb (used with object), di·lap·i·dat·ed, di·lap·i·dat·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·lap·i·dat·ed, di·lap·i·dat·ing.

to fall into ruin or decay.

Nearby words

  1. dil,
  2. dil.,
  3. dilacerate,
  4. dilaceration,
  5. dilantin,
  6. dilapidated,
  7. dilapidation,
  8. dilatancy,
  9. dilatant,
  10. dilatate

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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British Dictionary definitions for dilapidation


/ (dɪˌlæpɪˈdeɪʃən) /


the state of being or becoming dilapidated
(often plural) property law
  1. the state of disrepair of premises at the end of a tenancy due to neglect
  2. the extent of repairs necessary to such premises
Derived Formsdilapidator, noun


/ (dɪˈlæpɪˌdeɪt) /


to fall or cause to fall into ruin or decay

Word Origin for dilapidate

C16: from Latin dīlapidāre to scatter, waste, from dis- apart + lapidāre to stone, throw stones, from lapis stone

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