Definition of dilapidated

: decayed, deteriorated, or fallen into partial ruin especially through neglect or misuse a dilapidated old house

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Examples of dilapidated in a Sentence

a dilapidated car that had seen better days

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In the season four finale, our favorite fixer uppers Chip and Joanna Gaines took on one of their craziest challenges yet: a dilapidated $12,500 shack. Lindsey Ramsey, House Beautiful, "You Can Rent This Fixer Upper Farmhouse For $350 A Night," 30 Dec. 2018 Few can forget how Chip and Jo transformed the dilapidated $12,500 shack into a stunning farmhouse for Michael's family, which now includes two twin babies. Megan Stein, Country Living, "You Can Rent This 'Fixer Upper' Producer's Farmhouse Designed by Chip and Joanna Gaines," 30 Dec. 2018 They were forced to toil long hours, live in dilapidated trailers and use their earnings to pay for their passage to the United States. New York Times, "Breaking Up Immigrant Families: A Look at the Latest Border Tactic," 12 May 2018 The hotel is near Spaghetti Junction, the convergence of I-285 and I-85 north of Atlanta, an area that has been redeveloping in the past few years but still faces shuttered, dilapidated properties and aging apartment complexes. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, "Lawsuit: DeKalb motel ignored 1,500 crimes in area before man’s death," 5 June 2018 Suddenly, the dilapidated buildings were inexcusable. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Most Best Happy Korean Bright Star" by Michelle Massie," 2 June 2018 Removing the dilapidated buildings is only the start, Stewart said. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "New Britain Targets Its Own Blighted Property," 23 Apr. 2018 At the most dilapidated and underperforming schools, teachers are blamed for stagnant graduation rates, students are derided for low tests scores, and parents are chastised for not being involved. Clint Smith, The Atlantic, "The New Tax Law’s Subtle Subversion of Public Schools," 7 Feb. 2018 Welcome to Sunset City, a sunny, dilapidated corpse of a not-so-futuristic riverside metropolis. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Sunset Overdrive review: Ride the rails to kaboom-town (finally on PCs, too)," 17 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of dilapidated

1565, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dilapidated

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English Language Learners Definition of dilapidated

: in very bad condition because of age or lack of care


di·​lap·​i·​dat·​ed | \ də-ˈla-pə-ˌdā-təd\

Kids Definition of dilapidated

: falling apart or ruined from age or from lack of care a dilapidated car

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