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 105-year-old Michigan Central Station has sat vacant and dilapidated since the late ‘80s, becoming a go-to symbol of Detroit’s decline. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Big Sean to perform Tuesday at Ford's train station bash," 18 June 2018 Skeptics doubted the project would be successful in such a dilapidated area. Lara Korte, WSJ, "As Urban Housing Boom Continues, Developers Reclaim Forgotten Waterfronts," 19 June 2018 The Arcade Circus operated out of a dilapidated green-roofed brick warehouse pressed snugly against a hillside in Katoomba, an Australian town in the scenic Blue Mountains. Kyle Swenson, Washington Post, "Australian circus school tied to sex abuse and 'blood rituals,' police say," 12 Feb. 2018 Toronto’s mass-transit system is a third the size of New York’s, in daily ridership, but the problems Byford found there were similar: low morale, a dilapidated infrastructure, the need to close subway lines to do the work required. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 The departures threw Prepa’s leadership into disarray as the utility vies with bondholders in court to drive down a $9 billion debt load and solicits new investments for a dilapidated power system. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Puerto Rico Utility Directors Resign, Alleging Political Interference," 12 July 2018 Two California men pleaded no contest Tuesday to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in a deadly fire at a dilapidated Oakland warehouse during an unpermitted concert. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "'Ghost Ship' warehouse fire defendants take plea deals in manslaughter case," 3 July 2018 The coyotes took us to a dusty, dilapidated shack on an old, dirt road, surrounded by nothingness, with the U.S. border on the horizon. Maria E. Andreu, Teen Vogue, "I Could Have Been Separated From My Mother While Crossing the Border Between the United States and Mexico," 18 June 2018 The Royals are hopelessly out of it by the summer, and along with four picks in the top 40 of the draft begin to build their dilapidated farm system with a boost of talent through trades. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The Royals lost again but here's how this can be a good season even if the losses continue | The Kansas City Star," 24 Apr. 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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