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tr. & intr.v. di·lap·i·dat·ed, di·lap·i·dat·ing, di·lap·i·dates
1. To bring or fall into a state of partial ruin, decay, or disrepair.
2. Archaic To squander; waste.
[Latin dīlapidāre, dīlapidāt-, to demolish, destroy : dī-, dis-, apart; see dis- + lapidāre, to throw stones (from lapis, lapid-, stone).]
to fall or cause to fall into ruin or decay
[C16: from Latin dīlapidāre to scatter, waste, from dis- apart + lapidāre to stone, throw stones, from lapis stone]
v. -dat•ed, -dat•ing. v.t.
1. to cause or allow to fall into a state of disrepair, as by misuse or neglect.
2. Archaic. to squander.v.i.
3. to decay.
[1560–70; < Medieval Latin dīlapidātus, past participle of dīlapidāre to squander (compare dīlapidātiō disrepair), Latin: to pelt with stones =di- di-2 + lapidāre to stone, derivative of lapis stone]
Past participle: dilapidated
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|Verb||1.||dilapidate - bring into a condition of decay or partial ruin by neglect or misuse|
|2.||dilapidate - fall into decay or ruin; "The unoccupied house started to decay"|
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
deteriorate - become worse or disintegrate; "His mind deteriorated"
rust, corrode - become destroyed by water, air, or a corrosive such as an acid; "The metal corroded"; "The pipes rusted"
weather - change under the action or influence of the weather; "A weathered old hut"
eat at, erode, gnaw at, gnaw, wear away - become ground down or deteriorate; "Her confidence eroded"
ruin - fall into ruin