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.]


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.


To impair by waste and abuse; to squander.

The patrimony of the bishopric of Oxon was much dilapidated. Wood.


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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.



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