• WordNet 3.6
    • v dilapidate fall into decay or ruin "The unoccupied house started to decay"
    • v dilapidate bring into a condition of decay or partial ruin by neglect or misuse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dilapidate 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. "If the bishop, parson, or vicar, etc., dilapidates the buildings, or cuts down the timber of the patrimony."
    • v. i Dilapidate To get out of repair; to fall into partial ruin; to become decayed; as, the church was suffered to dilapidate .
    • Dilapidate To impair by waste and abuse; to squander. "The patrimony of the bishopric of Oxon was much dilapidated ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dilapidate To bring into a ruinous condition; impair or reduce to a state of ruin; especially, to ruin by misuse or neglect.
    • dilapidate To waste; squander.
    • dilapidate To give the appearance of dilapidation to.
    • dilapidate To fall into partial or total ruin; fall by decay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Dilapidate di-lap′i-dāt to pull stone from stone: to lay waste: to suffer to go to ruin
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  • Logan Pearsall Smith
    “There are people who, like houses, are beautiful in dilapidation.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dilapidare, to scatter like stones; di- = dis-, + lapidare, to throw stones, fr. lapis, a stone. See Lapidary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. dilapidāredi, asunder, lapis, lapidis, a stone.


In literature:

Everything was in a dilapidated condition.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VII" by Various
The dilapidations of life will no longer move you deeply.
"Figures of Earth" by James Branch Cabell
Her bonnet and shawl were thrown carelessly upon a dilapidated couch by the window.
"Fenton's Quest" by M. E. Braddon
The cowyards in many districts were formerly in a very dilapidated condition.
"Hodge and His Masters" by Richard Jefferies
She believes that a dilapidated Skagen hovel may meet every demand of beauty.
"Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D." by Clara Erskine Clement
Opposite the Plashet House, with its great trees and flowers, was a dilapidated building occupied by an aged man and his sister.
"Lives of Girls Who Became Famous" by Sarah Knowles Bolton
He was frequently subjected to inferior teaching, dilapidated accommodations, and short terms.
"A Social History of The American Negro" by Benjamin Brawley
Both the chair and his couch had burst out beneath, showing broken springs and general dilapidation.
"Abroad with the Jimmies" by Lilian Bell
The rampart raised by their Roman protectors between them and the Picts and Scots, became in some places dilapidated.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol. 53, No. 331, May, 1843" by Various
Its little church, sadly dilapidated, has the tower on the S. side.
"Somerset" by G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade

In poetry:

Dilapidated houses
With blinds all hung askew,
And darkly tangled gardens
Weed-grown, to wander through.
"Old Houses" by Edith Mirick
The nations wait to hear thy shout
Of "Independence!" ringing out,
Chief of the Antilles, what wilt thou?
Buffets and gyves from your effete
Old monarchy dilapidate,
Or freedom's laurels for thy brow?
"Cuba" by Hattie Howard

In news:

From 1986 to 1991, my husband and I lived in the dilapidated 19th-century farmhouse at Stonyfield Farm (the land for which our yogurt company is named).
The Regional Medical Center at Memphis is in the midst of extensive rehabbing of its Downtown campus at 877 Jefferson Ave, providing a much-needed face-lift for many of its dilapidated buildings.
A new car dealer ship will be taking over the old, dilapidated Settles Glass building and property on Route 139 in Marshfield soon.
The two-story wood-frame hall on north Medary Avenue was being used as storage space for the university but is now dilapidated.
Dilapidated Shoney's restaurant demolished .
The dilapidated buildings on the Miramar property in Montecito are being demolished.
Without a county-wide zoning ordinance, officials have few options to deal with property nuisances and dilapidated homes.
Dilapidated, vacant homes are an all too familiar site in the inner city as a growing number of people have been moving out of the area.
Campaign Underway To Restore Dilapidated Public Artwork On South Coast Created By Internationally Known Artist.
It may look dilapidated and exude the sound of drilling and the smell of fresh sawdust, but the intersection of Montauk Highway and Ocean Road in Bridgehampton is not your average construction zone.
A month after Sandy's floodwaters swept up his block, punched a hole in his foundation and drowned his furnace, John Frawley still has no electricity or heat in his dilapidated home on the Rockaway seashore.
"For the elderly and beautiful," runs the rest of the name dreamed up by Sonny (Dev Patel) for his dilapidated retirement resort in India.
A dilapidated Dallas apartment complex where Lee Harvey Oswald briefly lived before the assassination of President John F Kennedy is being demolished.
DALLAS — A dilapidated Dallas apartment complex where Lee Harvey Oswald briefly lived before the assassination of President John F Kennedy is being demolished.
A dilapidated old boat recently came ashore in South Florida.