(Of a building or object) in a state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect: old, dilapidated buildings the tank was now rather dilapidated
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- If it goes ahead, it will allow the council to dispose of several dilapidated office buildings around the city.
- He stared at the dilapidated office building, wondering how many people were inside.
- The dilapidated restaurant was wedged in between two larger buildings, and the entrance was in the narrow alley on the left.
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
informal shambly, slummy
North American informal shacky
Australian/New Zealand informal rumpty
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