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 shrunken budget hobbled staff, slashed Visitor Center hours, and left buildings in disrepair at a place often referred to as the crown jewel of the U.S. National Wildlife Refuge System. USA TODAY, "Women in baseball, Lynyrd Skynyrd, circus fire: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 The town was in disrepair, thanks to its previous owner, and featured a restaurant, inn, and a coveted spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Tired of Your One-Bedroom? You Can Own This Entire Town For Less Than A U.S. Home," 17 May 2019 It had been known for being in a state of disrepair for years. Washington Post, "Experts say blackout in Argentina should have been limited," 19 June 2019 Unfortunately, the previous owners had allowed the bank building to fall into a state of disrepair. Jennifer Bolton, Houston Chronicle, "Pasadena skyscraper headed for demolition," 17 June 2019 Once a popular holiday destination, Mosney, which used to contain an amusement park, fell into disrepair by the end of the past century. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Ireland’s Strange, Cruel System for Asylum Seekers," 26 May 2019 Once grand reminders of how interconnected the United States had become, train stations across the country slowly fell out of use and into disrepair in the 1960s and ‘70s when new transportation technology outpaced them. Carson Bear, USA TODAY, "Historic train stations converted into hotels," 1 May 2018 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

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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 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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