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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Ford is overhauling a dilapidated Detroit train station to become a tech hub aimed at attracting software superstars. William Boston, WSJ, "Will Tech Leave Detroit in the Dust?," 20 Oct. 2018 Now, as that strategy is just being put into place, the automaker is taking on another big renovation project: the city of Detroit and the hulking remains of its dilapidated train station. Neal E. Boudette, New York Times, "Ford Aims to Revive a Detroit Train Station, and Itself," 17 June 2018 By driving down Puerto Rico’s $125 billion debt load, the oversight board is hoping to free up money for investment in dilapidated infrastructure and entice private capital back to the island, which was devastated by two hurricanes in 2017. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Puerto Rico Board Says Debt Is $6 Billion Over Limit," 15 Jan. 2019 More: Is condemnation next for dilapidated house near Little Caesars Arena? Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "City working with owners of dilapidated house near LCA to avoid condemnation," 30 June 2018 The family's yard had a dilapidated garage, or perhaps former garage would be more precise. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "You've Got To See This Garage Makeover Into A New "She Shed"," 25 Jan. 2019 Photo: Dylan Thomas for The Wall Street Journal The property, built in 1845, had been owned by the same family for several decades, however, and was very dilapidated. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "Behind the Scenes of a London Townhouse’s Modern Makeover," 15 Aug. 2018 Buy Photo In an effort to clarify its position, Mayor Kenney’s administration said Wednesday that the dilapidated, 91-year-old House of Correction may still house inmates after 2020. Mensah M. Dean, Philly.com, "City: House of Correction might have inmates beyond 2020," 25 Apr. 2018 Shortly after the birth of their only child, the couple bought and renovated a dilapidated 1860 Boston townhouse. Heller Mcalpin, WSJ, "‘All the Lives We Ever Lived’ Review: Catching Hold of Vital Moments," 18 Jan. 2019

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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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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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