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