Meaning of dilapidate in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈlapɪdeɪt/

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[with object] archaic
  • Cause (something) to fall into disrepair or ruin.

    ‘a ruined Chappell, built by the Spaniard, and dilapidated by the Dutch’
    • ‘Deprived of others, free solitude, like the astronauts' weightless state, dilapidates muscles, bones, and blood.’
    • ‘All the money has fled to the suburbs and left the city to dilapidate and disintegrate.’
    • ‘The buildings were dilapidating yet splendid to behold.’
    historic, antiquated


Early 16th century (in the sense ‘waste, squander’): from Latin dilapidat- ‘demolished, squandered’, from the verb dilapidare, literally ‘scatter as if throwing stones’, from di- ‘apart, abroad’+ lapis, lapid- ‘stone’.