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[dih-pree-shee-eyt] /dɪˈpri ʃiˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), depreciated, depreciating.
to reduce the purchasing value of (money).
to lessen the value or price of.
to claim depreciation on (a property) for tax purposes.
to represent as of little value or merit; belittle.
verb (used without object), depreciated, depreciating.
to decline in value.
Origin of depreciate
1640-50; < Late Latin dēpretiātus undervalued (past participle of dēpretiāre, in Medieval Latin spelling dēpreciāre), equivalent to Latin dē- de- + preti(um) price + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
depreciatingly, adverb
depreciator, noun
nondepreciating, adjective
predepreciate, verb, predepreciated, predepreciating.
redepreciate, verb, redepreciated, redepreciating.
undepreciated, adjective
underdepreciate, verb (used with object), underdepreciated, underdepreciating.
Can be confused
deprecate, depreciate (see usage note at deprecate)
4. disparage, decry, minimize.
Usage note
4. See deprecate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for depreciate
  • Such investors could lose twice over: yields could rise and the dollar could depreciate.
  • They depreciate the minute they leave the dealer's lot, and their value continues to spiral downward as the mileage increases.
  • And don't forget to depreciate your music library and instruments.
  • Instead, the dollar, euro and yen all need to depreciate.
  • Think about an object that doesn't depreciate with use, but is instead improved by it.
  • And they must depreciate the paper value of the property over a longer peri-od.
  • Again, as has been said in previous posts, keep in mind that cars depreciate in price.
  • The idea of a currency war is that nations depreciate their currencies with the aim of boosting their share of export markets.
  • Companies declare their atoms on a balance sheet and depreciate them according to rigorous schedules.
  • But it is not stable to combine low yields, high deficits and governments that are happy to see their currencies depreciate.
British Dictionary definitions for depreciate


to reduce or decline in value or price
(transitive) to lessen the value of by derision, criticism, etc; disparage
Derived Forms
depreciatingly, adverb
depreciator, noun
depreciatory (dɪˈpriːʃɪətərɪ; -trɪ), depreciative, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin dēpretiāre to lower the price of, from Latin de- + pretiumprice
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Word Origin and History for depreciate

mid-15c., from Latin depretiatus, past participle of depretiare "to lower the price of, undervalue," from de- "down" (see de-) + pretium "price" (see price (n.)). Related: Depreciated; depreciating; depreciatory.

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