dis·re·pair | \ ˌdis-ri-ˈper \

Definition of disrepair 

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for disrepair


desolation, dilapidation, neglect, seediness


keeping, repair

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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.

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Nearly two years after Hermine, the Feldhusens' home remains in disrepair. Amy Green, miamiherald, "With Gov. Scott and legislature in denial, tiny town adapts on its own to climate change," 11 July 2018 Approval comes with several conditions including any expansion to the existing gravel parking area will require the property owner to pave the parking area and repair all areas of existing paving that are in disrepair. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Lawrenceville approves parking plan," 12 June 2018 Something has to change, though, because the 32 bridges are in disrepair. Amy Bartner, Indianapolis Star, "Exclusive: INDOT looks at 7 different ways to rethink Downtown Indy's North Split," 3 May 2018 On 31 October 2016, researchers discovered the lid of Number 16’s burrow had been pierced by a parasitic wasp and was in disrepair. Leanda Mason, National Geographic, "World’s Oldest Known Spider Dies at 43, With Lesson for Us," 30 Apr. 2018 After burials ceased in 1864, the graveyard fell into disrepair. Washington Post, "Historic black burial site under playground to get memorial," 5 July 2018 But eventually, the small family farms fell into disrepair. CBS News, "A Taste of Summer: Cultivating the perfect park experience," 8 July 2018 While looking for his own project, Kody, 16, learned that many Eagle Scout projects end up being forgotten and falling into the disrepair after the Scout moves on. Shelly Haskins, AL.com, "Three Eagle Scouts, one proud Alabama family," 25 Feb. 2018 But like many public schools in Detroit, the high school closed down, and the field was left in disrepair. Jenny Vrentas, SI.com, "For Many NFL Players, Summer Doesn't Bring Much of a Break," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of disrepair

1798, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disrepair was in 1798

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English Language Learners Definition of disrepair

: the state of needing to be repaired : bad condition


dis·re·pair | \ ˌdis-ri-ˈper \

Kids Definition of disrepair

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

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