1. reduced to or fallen into partial ruin or decay, as from age, wear, or neglect.

verb (used with object), di·lap·i·dat·ed, di·lap·i·dat·ing.

  1. to cause or allow (a building, automobile, etc.) to fall into a state of disrepair, as by misuse or neglect (often used passively): The house had been dilapidated by neglect.
  2. Archaic. to squander; waste.

verb (used without object), di·lap·i·dat·ed, di·lap·i·dat·ing.

  1. to fall into ruin or decay.


  1. falling to pieces or in a state of disrepair; shabby


  1. to fall or cause to fall into ruin or decay

“in ruins, broken down,” 1806, past participle adjective from dilapidate.


1560s, “to bring a building to ruin,” from Latin dilapidatus, past participle of dilapidare “to squander, waste,” originally “to throw stones, scatter like stones;” see dilapidation. Perhaps the English word is a back-formation from dilapidation.

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