V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: in poor, decayed, or dismal condition

Synonyms: decrepit, ramshackle, run-down, neglected, decayed, shabby

Antonyms: sound, undamaged

Tips: Things that become dilapidated often become so through neglect. Thus, dilapidated is often used to refer to old buildings, vehicles, or machines that are worn out or run down with age, overuse, or neglect.

Usage Examples:

Rumor had it that the dilapidated old house was haunted. (ramshackle, neglected)

Everything about the stranger seemed old and tired, from the holes in his shoes to the dilapidated car he drove. (run-down, decayed)

We’re going to tear down this dilapidated building and build ourselves a state-of-the-art office complex. (neglected, run-down)

The pier was closed to the public because its dilapidated condition made it unsafe. (decayed)

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