Dilapidating
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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