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dilapidated (adj) (of buildings and furniture) old and breaking down.

A dilapidated building is very old and is in a state of collapse. It is in ruins. So is dilapidated furniture if it is very old and is breaking down. Dilapidated buildings and furniture are unusable.

  • The centuries-old fort is dilapidated and the government, though late, is taking steps to cement the cracks, carry out the other repairs, at least to partly restore it and declare it as a protected monument.
  • While some of the historical structures built much later are dilapidated, the 17th and the 18th century Moghul structures in India are in a sound state of preservation.
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