di·​lap·​i·​dat·​ed | \ də-ˈla-pə-ˌdā-təd How to pronounce dilapidated (audio) \

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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The dilapidated bridge is on private property and is estimated to cost upward of $250,000 to replace. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Olmsted Falls hires outside legal counsel for Baker’s Creek Bridge issue," 8 July 2019 According to Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman Guy Tridgell, the project will include replacing two of the state’s most dilapidated bridges, which cross the Des Plaines River in Joliet. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "From road repairs to transit expansions, $33 billion in capital bill will have ‘monumental’ impact," 7 June 2019 Most of the now dilapidated dozen or so buildings left from Alma College are off limits, hidden behind the district’s fencing. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, "New redwood park opening 15 miles from downtown San Jose," 7 June 2019 In The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Joe Talbot’s odd and wonderful debut film, two young black men, best friends and natives of that often romanticized yet deeply complicated city, take a semi-dilapidated Victorian house under their wing. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Last Black Man in San Francisco Shows a City in Flux," 6 June 2019 The council visited 45 communities in Western Alaska in 2018 to photograph dilapidated public safety buildings and count police officers. Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, "ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network," 16 May 2019 Now a doable six-mile hike gets you to the spooky remains of a dream gone bust: several dilapidated log cabins, a few foundations, and ghosts of miners past. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "Everything to know about Rocky Mountain National Park," 8 May 2019 On their patrols, the officers pass some of the most dilapidated blocks in Baltimore, places abandoned so long ago that trees now grow out of the buildings. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "In Baltimore's high-crime zones, an experiment in government starts to yield results," 11 Apr. 2018 To outsiders, Pope Valley is best known for its Thanksgiving turkey shoot, now discontinued, and a roadside collection of 5,000 hubcaps. Long-dilapidated buildings still advertise the businesses that housed them half a century ago. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Is Napa running out of land for vineyards?," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of dilapidated

1565, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dilapidated

see dilapidate

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The first known use of dilapidated was in 1565

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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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