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derelict

adjective uk   /ˈder.ə.lɪkt/ us  
Derelict buildings or places are not cared for and are in bad condition: a derelict site The theatre has been left to stand/lie derelict.

derelict

noun [C] uk   /ˈder.ə.lɪkt/ formal us  
a person who has no home or money and often lives outside
Translations of “derelict”
in Spanish abandonado, en ruinas…
in French abandonné…
in German aufgeben…
in Chinese (Traditional) 失修的,破舊的, 廢棄的…
in Russian заброшенный…
in Turkish metruk, terkedilmiş bina/yer…
in Chinese (Simplified) 失修的,破败的, 废弃的…
in Polish zrujnowany, opuszczony…
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