dilapidating

dilapidate

[dih-lap-i-deyt]
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

dilapidation, noun
dilapidator, noun
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dilapidate (dɪˈlæpɪˌdeɪt)
 
vb
to fall or cause to fall into ruin or decay
 
[C16: from Latin dīlapidāre to scatter, waste, from dis- apart + lapidāre to stone, throw stones, from lapis stone]

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dilapidate
1560s, from L. dilapidare, originally "to throw stones;" see dilapidation.
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