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