transitive verb-·dat·ed, -·dat·ing
to become or cause to become partially ruined and in need of repairs, as through neglect
Origin of dilapidatefrom Classical Latin dilapidatus, past participle of dilapidare, to squander, demolish from dis-, apart + lapidare, to throw stones at from lapis, a stone: see lapidary
tr. & intr.v.di·lap·i·dat·ed, di·lap·i·dat·ing, di·lap·i·dates
- To bring or fall into a state of partial ruin, decay, or disrepair.
- Archaic To squander; waste.
Origin of dilapidateLatin dīlapidāre dīlapidāt- to demolish, destroy dī-, dis- apart ; see dis- . lapidāre to throw stones ( from lapis lapid- stone )
(third-person singular simple present dilapidates, present participle dilapidating, simple past and past participle dilapidated)