Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “dereliction”

See all translations

dereliction

noun uk   /ˌder.əˈlɪk.ʃən/ us  

dereliction noun (FAILURE)

[C or U] (a) failure to do what you should do: What you did was a grave dereliction of duty.

dereliction noun (IN BAD CONDITION)

[U] (especially of a building) a state of not being cared for: The old railway station was in a state of dereliction.
Translations of “dereliction”
in Chinese (Traditional) 失敗, 疏忽職守,瀆職…
in Chinese (Simplified) 失败, 玩忽职守,渎职…
(Definition of dereliction from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of dereliction?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

comma

the symbol , used in writing to separate parts of a sentence showing a slight pause, or to separate the single things in a list

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More