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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for disrepair



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 After her death, the garden fell into disrepair and became overgrown. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Marie Antoinette's Private Garden at Versailles Is Being Restored to Its Former Glory," 21 Apr. 2020 The magnificent train station fell into disrepair as Detroit suffered, and had been closed and abandoned for three decades. National Geographic, "Why are these foods named after places?," 31 Mar. 2020 Since the lease was not approved, Kraus said the city would seek bids to demolish the house, which was in extensive disrepair and no longer of use to the city. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Solon City Council approves proposal to renovate historic Bull house," 7 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, much of Cairo has spiraled into disrepair and decay. Washington Post, "Egyptian government seeks to do away with popular tuk-tuks," 4 Dec. 2019 Capricorn Studios fell into disrepair and there was talk of demolishing it. Matt Wake, Billboard, "Capricorn Records: Dickey Betts, Alan Walden & More on the Iconic Southern Label's 50th," 3 Dec. 2019 But the nearly decade-long closure has left the building in disrepair and some have considered tearing it down. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "A bygone jazz club is the forgotten story of Oakland’s ‘Harlem of the West’ era," 31 Oct. 2019 In addition to rodent infestations, the charges allege sewage backups, appliances in disrepair and a failure by management to respond to myriad complaints from residents. Kevin Rector, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland AG sues Kushner apartment company, alleging thousands of violations while renting rodent-infested units," 23 Oct. 2019 Today, the farm buildings in Tizayuca are in disrepair and the roads have broken down into little more than dirt paths. jsonline.com, "Robotic milking in Canada, struggling farmers in Mexico: How Wisconsin’s trading partners are weathering the dairy crisis," 18 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'disrepair.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of disrepair

1798, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about disrepair

Time Traveler for disrepair

Time Traveler

The first known use of disrepair was in 1798

See more words from the same year

Statistics for disrepair

Last Updated

23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Disrepair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disrepair. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for disrepair


How to pronounce disrepair (audio)

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.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on disrepair

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for disrepair

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with disrepair

Spanish Central: Translation of disrepair

Nglish: Translation of disrepair for Spanish Speakers

Comments on disrepair

What made you want to look up disrepair? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!