Definition of derelict in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdɛrəlɪkt



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  • 2A ship or other piece of property abandoned by the owner and in poor condition: she had been a derelict recommissioned for this journey
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    • We ran into the docking bay and could not believe the decrepit derelict of a ship that he had waiting for us.
    • If they can keep the boats from becoming derelicts, it means that much more money in the budget to do dredging and other debris removal.
    • Meanwhile, the U.S. Coast Guard has the authority to move derelicts that pose a hazard to navigation, but not to dispose of them.


mid 17th century: from Latin derelictus 'abandoned', past participle of derelinquere, from de- 'completely' + relinquere 'forsake'.

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