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
Recent Examples on the Web The original plan, to build on dilapidated Piers 30 and 32 near the Bay Bridge, immediately met fierce opposition. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors president Rick Welts to retire, leaving an indelible Bay Area legacy," 8 Apr. 2021 Halleck said a dilapidated house on the property would be razed as part of the overall project. Karen Caffarini, chicagotribune.com, "American Legion post plan to become gastropub wins favorable recommendation in Hobart," 2 Apr. 2021 That state law allows local governments to force the sale of dilapidated properties that harm a community's growth. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Greendale takes major step toward buying former Southridge Boston Store. That could bring new uses to the redeveloped site.," 2 Apr. 2021 The pandemic also underscored many of the other overlooked needs of everyday Alabamians, which were problems long before COVID-19 was in the picture, such as lack of broadband access and a dilapidated healthcare system. al, "Alabama Legislature puts politics over people this year," 26 Mar. 2021 Since at least 2011, neighbors have been complaining about a dilapidated two-story house on Patterson Street in historic Algiers Point. David A. Hammer, NOLA.com, "As his blighted Algiers Point home draws ire, state Sen. Troy Carter points to city, cyberattack," 27 Jan. 2021 The poor performance is due to several factors—from the slow pace politicians have acted during this latest wave to stuttering vaccination programs and dilapidated health-care systems. Zoltan Simon, Fortune, "Just one region is home to all the nations with the worst COVID death rates," 28 Mar. 2021 In Moldova, Rabbi Shimshon Izakson is hoping to pull off a similar transformation at the former Rabbi Yehuda Ţirilson yeshiva and synagogue compound — a massive complex in downtown Chisinau that is so dilapidated that only the external walls remain. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "In Eastern Europe, historic synagogues are sold for the price of a used car," 10 Mar. 2021 The island is geographically forbidding; its houses are old and dilapidated, its residents poor and struggling. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Ingrid Bergman in “Stromboli” and the Power of Nonprofessional Actors," 6 Mar. 2021

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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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14 Apr 2021

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“Dilapidated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dilapidated. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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