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 protests are building on long-simmering anger at a ruling class that has divvied up power among themselves and amassed wealth for decades, but has done little to fix a crumbling economy and dilapidated infrastructure. Fox News, "Thousands of Lebanon demonstrators keep pressure on government as protests enter 4th day," 20 Oct. 2019 Market Street has always symbolized the disorienting social inequalities of San Francisco, a tech hub where homeless people sleep on the sidewalks and high-rise offices are packed against vacant and dilapidated buildings. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Banning cars on SF’s Market Street, once a radical idea, approved unanimously," 15 Oct. 2019 Arab areas, clustered around the city’s old centre, are haphazard and dilapidated. The Economist, "Israel’s Arab citizens could hold the key to political change," 5 Sep. 2019 Blocks of dilapidated shotgun houses are sprinkled with the occasional neat brick ranch with flowers in the yard. National Geographic, "https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2020/02/clotilda-americas-last-slave-ship-stole-them-from-home-it-couldnt-steal-their-identities-feature.html," 16 Jan. 2020 Williams said one of the rescue team members heard children talking and found them in a dilapidated pump house/fort. CBS News, "Young siblings who vanished from their Florida front yard found safe after two days," 18 Dec. 2019 Most of the Trump administration's construction of border barriers, which cover nearly 100 miles, has replaced old, dilapidated ones. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Court allows Trump to use $3.6 billion in military funds to build border barriers," 9 Jan. 2020 In New York, there’s a fashion collective called Vaquera that mounts runway shows in dilapidated settings with harsh lighting and no glamour. National Geographic, "The idea of beauty is always shifting. Today, it’s more inclusive than ever.," 7 Jan. 2020 For years developers have tried and failed to revitalize the Lone Star Brewery, a dilapidated complex south of King William that closed in 1996. Madison Iszler, ExpressNews.com, "Lone Star Brewery owner files for bankruptcy," 6 Jan. 2020

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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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23 Feb 2020

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“Dilapidated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dilapidated. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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