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Meaning of DILAPIDATE

Pronunciation:  di'lapi`deyt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  bring into a condition of decay or partial ruin by neglect or misuse
 

DILAPIDATE is a 10 letter word that starts with D.

 

 See Also: destroy, destruct

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Di*lap"i*date\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dilapidated};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Dilapidating}.] [L. dilapidare to scatter
    like stones; di- = dis- + lapidare to throw stones, fr. lapis
    a stone. See {Lapidary}.]
    1. To bring into a condition of decay or partial ruin, by
       misuse or through neglect; to destroy the fairness and
       good condition of; -- said of a building.
    
             If the bishop, parson, or vicar, etc., dilapidates
             the buildings, or cuts down the timber of the
             patrimony.                            --Blackstone.
    
    2. To impair by waste and abuse; to squander.
    
             The patrimony of the bishopric of Oxon was much
             dilapidated.                          --Wood.
    
    
  2. \Di*lap"i*date\, v. i.
    To get out of repair; to fall into partial ruin; to become
    decayed; as, the church was suffered to dilapidate.
    --Johnson.
    
    
 

 

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