Definition of derelict adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈderəlɪkt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈderəlɪkt//
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(especially of land or buildings) not used or cared for and in bad condition derelict land/buildings/sites The canal has been derelict for many years. The land lay derelict for ten years. a partially derelict mill Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin derelictus ‘abandoned’, past participle of derelinquere, from de- ‘completely’ + relinquere ‘forsake’.
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