dis·​re·​pair | \ ˌdis-ri-ˈper How to pronounce disrepair (audio) \

Definition of disrepair

: the state of being in need of repair a building fallen into disrepair

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Examples of disrepair in a Sentence

The lighthouse was in disrepair until the volunteers cleaned it up. After years of neglect, the house fell into disrepair.
Recent Examples on the Web Two of Gotora village’s three shops have been shuttered and have fallen into disrepair. Jeffrey Moyo, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 May 2022 A few thousand people still live in the area, which is now surrounded by heavy industry and fell into disrepair in recent decades. CBS News, 12 May 2022 Shaw noticed that the pool was falling into disrepair in 1989 and learned that the city was planning to close the facility. Megan Rodriguez, San Antonio Express-News, 6 May 2022 Matt Murphy, the executive director of New York University’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, said the board must balance worries about affordability with the need to keep properties from slipping into disrepair. New York Times, 5 May 2022 Some concentration camps fell into disrepair, warding off potential visitors. Mattie Kahn, The Atlantic, 5 May 2022 The property eventually fell into such disrepair that Salt Lake City began demolishing it. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Mar. 2022 The 88-year-old ship is in such disrepair that the city of Long Beach had considered the option of sinking it after taking control of the vessel from the lease operator last year. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2022 The home did exist on the grounds of Sandringham, but there’s no evidence that the house had fallen into such disrepair by this point in Diana’s life. Robert Daniels, Vulture, 5 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of disrepair

1798, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2022

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“Disrepair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disrepair. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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dis·​re·​pair | \ ˌdis-ri-ˈper How to pronounce disrepair (audio) \

Kids Definition of disrepair

: the condition of needing to be fixed The house was in disrepair.

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