verb[with object] archaic
Cause (something) to fall into disrepair or ruin.
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- 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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- It was a sturdy, conical-shaped tent that was built of sod and mud, but it looked pretty welcoming compared to the dilapidation around it.
- Although this may surprise you, you're not the only person who lives here, and you're contributing to the dilapidation of our city.
- After the dilapidation of urban modernism, what kinds of city and what forms of architecture await us?
Definition of dilapidate in:
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