Definition of dilapidate in English:

dilapidate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]Archaic
  • Cause (something) to fall into disrepair or ruin.

    • ‘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.’
    historic, antiquated
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Origin

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.

Pronunciation:

dilapidate

/dəˈlapəˌdāt/