Dilapidate Di*lap"i*date, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dilapidated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dilapidating}.] [L. dilapidare to scatter like stones; di- = dis- + lapidare to throw stones, fr. lapis a stone. See {Lapidary}.] 1. To bring into a condition of decay or partial ruin, by misuse or through neglect; to destroy the fairness and good condition of; -- said of a building. [1913 Webster]

If the bishop, parson, or vicar, etc., dilapidates the buildings, or cuts down the timber of the patrimony. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

2. To impair by waste and abuse; to squander. [1913 Webster]

The patrimony of the bishopric of Oxon was much dilapidated. --Wood. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Dilapidated — Di*lap i*da ted, a. Decayed; fallen into partial ruin; injured by bad usage or neglect. [1913 Webster] A deserted and dilapidated buildings. Cooper. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dilapidated — I adjective altered for the worse, condemned, damaged, decomposed, decrepit, fallen into ruin, far gone, frayed, friable, impaired, imperfect, marred, mouldering, obsoletus, on the wane, ramshackle, ruined, shabby, stale, tabid, timeworn, used,… …   Law dictionary

  • dilapidated — in ruins, broken down, 1806, pp. adj. from DILAPIDATE (Cf. dilapidate) …   Etymology dictionary

  • dilapidated — *shabby, dingy, faded, seedy, threadbare Analogous words: damaged, injured, impaired, marred (see INJURE): ruined, wrecked (see RUIN vb) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • dilapidated — [adj] falling apart; in ruins battered, beat up, broken down, crumbling, crumbly, crummy*, damaged, decayed, decaying, decrepit, derelict, dingy, dog eared*, faded, fallen in, impaired, in a bad way*, injured, marred, neglected, old, ramshackle,… …   New thesaurus

  • dilapidated — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ in a state of disrepair or ruin. DERIVATIVES dilapidation noun. ORIGIN from Latin dilapidare demolish (literally scatter as if throwing stones ) …   English terms dictionary

  • dilapidated — [də lap′ə dāt΄id] adj. falling to pieces or into disrepair; broken down; shabby and neglected …   English World dictionary

  • dilapidated — adjective Date: 1565 decayed, deteriorated, or fallen into partial ruin especially through neglect or misuse < a dilapidated old house > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dilapidated — adj. Dilapidated is used with these nouns: ↑building, ↑house, ↑shack, ↑tenement …   Collocations dictionary

  • dilapidated — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. decayed, disintegrating, crumbling, tumbledown, ramshackle. See deterioration. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. rundown, neglected, tumbledown, in disrepair; see crumbly , decaying , old 2 . III (Roget s …   English dictionary for students

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