Definition of dilapidate in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈlapəˌdāt/


[with object] archaic
Cause (something) to fall into disrepair or ruin.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: di·lap·i·date

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