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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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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The Stonewall Inn became a holy site for the LGBTQ community, but as the years went on, the iconic bar—which had changed hands and locations a few times—fell into disrepair. Sophie Kemp, Vogue, "Stonewall at 50: How the Iconic LGBTQ Institution Keeps the Spirit of ‘69 Alive Today," 4 May 2019 Zawra Park, which opened in 1971 and which includes a 200-acre zoo, is the story of Baghdad in miniature: a once beautiful area that has fallen in disrepair because of neglect, conflict and corruption. Nabih Bulos, The Seattle Times, "Baghdad, once a jewel among Arab capitals, is barely functional," 28 Jan. 2019 While a sidewalk in disrepair or curb can be tricky enough on a Segway, a flight of steps is impossible. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "12 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology Through the Ages," 18 Jan. 2019 Among the possible next steps for the parties are to appeal the ruling, renegotiate the settlement or find other ways to address authority buildings’ disrepair. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Federal Judge Scotches Deal Over Conditions in City’s Public Housing," 14 Nov. 2018 But over the years, as more residents got in their cars and traveled to nearby shopping malls, the downtown fell into disrepair with empty storefronts. Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, "Once ‘Deadwood City,’ Redwood City becomes startup hub," 12 Mar. 2018 In 2016, Lido Marina Village got a major facelift, emerging from disrepair as a posh and Instagrammable shopping complex. Archana Ram, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from San Diego," 5 Mar. 2018 But in the second half of the 20th century, when Lima’s wealthy decamped to summer homes south of Lima, many mansions were divided into apartments or artist studios, while others fell into disrepair. Catherine Elton, WSJ, "A Bohemian Neighborhood in Peru Gets a Luxury Lift," 10 Jan. 2019 Roads and subways are in disrepair as politicians have neglected public works to boost pay and benefits for their union friends. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Blue State Challenge," 24 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of disrepair

1798, in the meaning defined above

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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 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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one that collects or salvages junk

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