Definition of dilapidated in English:



  • (of a building or object) in a state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect.

    • ‘With little more than a goat, a wheelbarrow and a frankly dilapidated hovel to his name, he obviously does not have an internet connection of his own.’
    • ‘With a view to helping the environment, the couple bought a mountainside property in west Cork with a dilapidated cottage and a barn attached.’
    • ‘The award of lottery and European cash marks the end of a five-year campaign to replace dilapidated facilities in Scotchman Road.’
    • ‘Several of the children living in the dilapidated facility had psychological problems, officials said.’
    • ‘Quite a few of the houses are dilapidated, paint flaked off rotting wood, patched up with corrugated iron boards.’
    • ‘We may have a dilapidated library and an unreliable student computing service, but our staff are the best in New Zealand.’
    • ‘My dilapidated apartment didn't seem quite so shabby, the shops, not so familiar.’
    • ‘Over-crowded, run down and dilapidated school buildings must be tackled immediately.’
    • ‘The number of empty dilapidated shops in the depressing Bradford city centre are witness to the existing problems of traders.’
    • ‘The circle found that this family of four was living in a dilapidated hut with virtually no means for food and medicines.’
    • ‘He stared at the dilapidated office building, wondering how many people were inside.’
    • ‘Way back when I was ten, my brother and I used to play in a dilapidated shed on the edge of the Gloucester-shire town where I was brought up.’
    • ‘On the area of the croft land, there is also a further dilapidated farm building which could have the potential for residential conversion.’
    • ‘The complex has been neglected and has become a dilapidated landmark in the city.’
    • ‘The dilapidated restaurant was wedged in between two larger buildings, and the entrance was in the narrow alley on the left.’
    • ‘This will fund the restoration work and the construction of a community meeting room, which will replace the dilapidated church hall.’
    • ‘Besides, the building is in a dilapidated condition and maintenance work has not been carried out for years.’
    • ‘As a result, the siheyuans became compounds occupied by many households, and the number of dilapidated houses increased.’
    • ‘Today only about five Gardaí work out of the portable cabins behind the dilapidated station which closes at night.’
    • ‘If it goes ahead, it will allow the council to dispose of several dilapidated office buildings around the city.’
    run down, tumbledown, ramshackle, broken-down, in disrepair, shabby, battered, rickety, shaky, unsound, crumbling, in ruins, ruined, decayed, decaying, deteriorating, deteriorated, decrepit, worn out
    neglected, uncared-for, untended, unmaintained, badly maintained
    the worse for wear, falling to pieces, falling apart, gone to rack and ruin, gone to seed
    shambly, slummy
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