from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To bring or fall into a state of partial ruin, decay, or disrepair.
- transitive v. Archaic To squander; waste.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To fall into ruin or disuse.
- v. To cause to become ruined or put into disrepair.
- v. To squander or waste.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To impair by waste and abuse; to squander.
- intransitive v. To get out of repair; to fall into partial ruin; to become decayed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bring into a ruinous condition; impair or reduce to a state of ruin; especially, to ruin by misuse or neglect.
- To waste; squander
- To give the appearance of dilapidation to.
- To fall into partial or total ruin; fall by decay.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. fall into decay or ruin
- v. bring into a condition of decay or partial ruin by neglect or misuse
Latin dīlapidāre, dīlapidāt-, to demolish, destroy : dī-, dis-, apart; see dis- + lapidāre, to throw stones (from lapis, lapid-, stone).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin dilapidātus, past participle of dilapidō ("I destroy with stones"), from dis ("intensifier") + lapidō ("I stone"), from lapis ("stone") (Wiktionary)