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dilapidated

[dih-lap-i-dey-tid] /dɪˈlæp ɪˌdeɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
reduced to or fallen into partial ruin or decay, as from age, wear, or neglect.
Origin of dilapidated
1800-1810
1800-10; dilapidate + -ed2
Related forms
nondilapidated, adjective
undilapidated, adjective
Synonyms
run-down, tumbledown, ramshackle, rickety.

dilapidate

[dih-lap-i-deyt] /dɪˈlæp ɪˌdeɪt/
verb (used with object), dilapidated, dilapidating.
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.
verb (used without object), dilapidated, dilapidating.
3.
to fall into ruin or decay.
Origin
1560-70; < Medieval Latin dīlapidātus, past participle of dīlapidāre to squander (compare dīlapidātiō disrepair), Latin: to pelt with stones; see di-2, lapidate
Related forms
dilapidation, noun
dilapidator, noun
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  • Any others should be torn down as a dilapidated structure of any sort is not only unsightly but a breeding place for rats.

    If You're Going to Live in the Country Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
  • He was fatigued and dilapidated, but he had not caught Donald.

    The Hunted Outlaw Anonymous
  • Then at last they turned up a dilapidated street and stopped in front of a small, weather-beaten house.

    Lost in the Wilds of Brazil James H. Foster
  • It was a big, old-fashioned dwelling, gambrel-roofed and brown and dilapidated.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He broke off as he halted the car in front of a rambling, dilapidated house.

    Flappers and Philosophers F. Scott Fitzgerald
British Dictionary definitions for dilapidated

dilapidated

/dɪˈlæpɪˌdeɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
falling to pieces or in a state of disrepair; shabby

dilapidate

/dɪˈlæpɪˌdeɪt/
verb
1.
to fall or cause to fall into ruin or decay
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 dilapidated
adj.

"in ruins, broken down," 1806, past participle adjective from dilapidate.

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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