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Cause (something) to fall into disrepair or ruin.‘a ruined Chappell, built by the Spaniard, and dilapidated by the Dutch’
historic, antiquatedView synonyms
- ‘All the money has fled to the suburbs and left the city to dilapidate and disintegrate.’
- ‘The buildings were dilapidating yet splendid to behold.’
- ‘Deprived of others, free solitude, like the astronauts' weightless state, dilapidates muscles, bones, and blood.’
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.
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