Meaning of dilapidation in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˌlapɪˈdeɪʃn/

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mass noun
  • 1The state or process of falling into decay or being in disrepair.

    ‘the mill was in a state of dilapidation’
    • ‘But Jack won't support the idea of the Royal High School being utilised for a good cause, and instead, seemingly, wishes it to fall into dilapidation, and another of Scotland's natural historical sites to be lost.’
    • ‘After it ceased operating as a hotel, the building fell into dilapidation, and was subject to vandalism, leaving it something of an eyesore in recent years.’
    • ‘Disrepair and dilapidation unnecessarily subjects both caregiver and patient to preventable risk for injury.’
    • ‘The number of holy wells in the British Isles runs into many thousands, including those still in use, those in assorted states of neglect and dilapidation, and those which have disappeared from view.’
    • ‘The opportunity represented by the crisis of cinema lies in the expected renaissances after the fall, in the stimulating side effects of further dilapidation and aesthetic subversion.’
    • ‘Furthermore, we fail to understand the logic using degeneration and dilapidation of the park as the justification for immediate encroachment.’
    • ‘The majority of the houses obtained by private landlords were now exhibiting signs of neglect and dilapidation.’
    • ‘We are currently awaiting planning permission for a scheme which would safeguard the building, prevent further dilapidation, and allow us to gift the building and estate to the local community.’
    • ‘‘The hotel is looking very rough because it has been about 13 years since any work was done on it and it's starting to show signs of serious dilapidation,’ she says.’
    • ‘Decades of greenfield development around the edge of the town have created an urban doughnut with major facilities scattered far and wide while the town centre is on a downward spiral of dilapidation.’
    • ‘The decor is messy, the walls are covered with art, there is an annexe made up to resemble a 1930s drawing room and everything is in an advanced state of dilapidation.’
    • ‘The warehouse sits amid a swathe of Glasgow's grey industrial landscape, the peeling paint on the gate hinting at dilapidation.’
    • ‘Others are still standing in various states of dilapidation.’
    • ‘It points out letting a home instead of leaving it empty will lessen vandalism, dilapidation and depreciation of properties.’
    • ‘What you class as an air of dilapidation, many would class as character!’
    • ‘If you purchase three or more books and point out some dilapidation in one, a discount may graciously be awarded.’
    • ‘Regardless of their antiquity or state of dilapidation, there was a constant demand for such books.’
    • ‘It is seen as an area of dilapidation with great potential, given the right setting.’
    • ‘The dust, the dirt, the decay and the dilapidation have taken away the exuberance from the ordinary lives.’
    • ‘The Ministry of Labour's occupational health and safety division is in charge of inspecting buildings, yet the ministry's own offices are in a state of dilapidation.’
    dilapidation, decrepitude, shabbiness, ruin, ruination, rack and ruin, ricketiness
    1. 1.1dilapidationsRepairs required during or at the end of a tenancy or lease.
      ‘We note that you anticipated your clients will now seek to refuse consent on the basis of the alleged dilapidations.’
      • ‘The plan is to sign a short-term contract, and then see what happens with a) the rent and b) the current dilapidations.’
      • ‘You have not chosen to particularise what defects and dilapidations you refer to.’
    2. 1.2Law count noun A cause of action to force a tenant to pay for dilapidations.
      ‘That was the schedule of dilapidations prepared at the end of the lease.’
      • ‘That company has not implemented the schedule of dilapidations and yet occupies part of the Premises and has sub-let other parts.’
      • ‘Because they are using the money reserved for dilapidation as rent, what will we have if they trash the flat?’
    3. 1.3(in church use) a sum charged against an incumbent for wear and tear during a tenancy.


Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘squandering, waste’): from late Latin dilapidatio(n-), from Latin dilapidare ‘demolish, squander’ (see dilapidate).