2. destroy, ruin, upset, disrupt, pull down; deface, mar, injure, spoil. dilapidated, adj. 1. ruined, in ruins, broken-down, gone to wrack and ruin; in disrepair, unimproved, SI. sleazy, run-down; tumble-down; falling to pieces, crumbled, crumbling; ramshackle, rickety, shaky.
2. deteriorated, decadent, decayed; disintegrated, decomposed, broken up, fallen apart, Scot. disjaskit; eroded, worn away, weathered, wasted; worn-out, time-worn, decrepit; moth-eaten, mildewed, moldy, moldering.
3. destroyed, battered, Inf beat up; defaced, marred, spoiled; injured, impaired, damaged. dilapidation, n. disintegration, erosion, corrosion, wear and tear; deterioration, decay, decadence; decomposition, moth and rust; disrepair, decrepitude; downfall, collapse, disorganization, disruption; destruction, impairment, injury. dilate, v. 1. enlarge, make larger, increase; widen, thicken, broaden; lengthen, prolong, protract.
2. expand, extend, spread, outspread, spread out, branch out; distend, inflate, bloat, puff out, blow up, dome; swell, intumesce, tumefy; fill out, fatten.
3. develop, enlarge on, detail; expound on or upon, descant, discourse, expatiate on or upon; magnify, amplify, spin a long yarn; dwell on, talk about at length. dilation, n. 1. enlargement, increase, widening, thickening, broadening, dilatation; lengthening, prolongation, protraction.
2. expansion, extension, spread; distention, inflation, Both Pathol, aneurysm, varix; swelling, bloating, intumescence, tumefaction.
3. expatiation, descant, discourse; magnification, amplification; prolixity, verbosity; tautology, redundance; periphrasis, circumlocution. dilatory, adj. 1. procrastinating, postponing, deferring, tabling, shelving; slow, lagging, laggard, sluggish, backward; dallying, dillydallying, shillyshallying, idling; lingering, loitering, dawdling, tarrying, Chiefly Brit, pottering; lackadaisical, indolent, lazy, slothful, otiose; tardy, not prompt, late, behindhand.
2. delaying, temporizing, Inf. stalling, U.S. Cong. filibustering; prolonging, protracting, retarding, slackening; forestalling, preventing, staving off, obstructing, blocking, avoiding; Fabian. dilemma, n. 1. predicament, plight, Inf. pickle, Inf. fix, difficulty, trouble, Inf. hot water, scrape; corner, tight spot, SI. box, bind, double bind, catch-22, vicious circle; strait, Inf. squeeze, pinch, push; cul-de-sac, dead end, blind alley; impasse, standstill, stalemate, deadlock.
2. difficult choice, Fr. embarras de choix, tough question, hard nut to crack, poser, puzzle; complicated problem, knot, entanglement, intricacy.
3. quandary, perplexity, uncertainty, confusion, bewilderment; muddle, mess, botch, jumble, hodgepodge. dilettante, n. 1. dabbler, Inf. dabster, smatterer, sciolist, half scholar, amateur, nonprofessional, layman; do-it-yourselfer, putterer, potterer, trifler, dalli-er, piddler.
2. art lover, person of taste, connoisseur, Latin, arbiter elegantiae; member of the intelligentsia or cognescenti. diligence, n. assiduity, assiduousness, application, exertion, labor, industry, industriousness; perseverance, persistence, pertinacity, tenacity, constancy, sedulousness, doggedness, intentness, earnestness, Inf. stick-to-it-iveness.
diligent, adj. 1. industrious, assiduous, sedulous, hard-working; intense, intent, concentrated, steady, earnest, zealous; busy, busy as a bee orbeaver, active, employed, engaged, occupied, hard at it, eager-beaver. 2. painstaking, thorough, thoroughgoing; persistent, pertinacious, dogged, plodding, slogging, plugging; persevering, unremitting, unrelaxing, unfaltering, untiring, tireless, indefatigable,
dillydally, v. vacillate, fluctuate, waver, hover, hem and haw, blow hot and cold; trifle, toy, flirt, potter, putter, Inf.piddle, SI.futz; dally, dawdle, loiter, linger, shillyshally, take one's time, take one's own sweet time, Inf.lallygag; delay, tarry, waste time, fritter away time, kill time, while away the time orhours,
dilute, v. 1. weaken, attenuate, extenuate, thin, rarefy; mix, adulterate, Inf.water orwater down, (of alcohol or drugs) Inf.cut.