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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.
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for depreciated
  • The machine tools are probably fully depreciated and dying off.
  • The opposite is true for cities in countries whose currency has depreciated.
  • Or you could say that spending is being depreciated against revenues and thus spending is doing the work.
  • So much of the money was produced to fund the war that it quickly depreciated.
  • Such a policy reimburses an owner for only an item's depreciated value.
  • Property depreciated under methods not expressed in a term of years.
  • Instead, you should keep them as part of the permanent records of the depreciated property.
  • Replacement cost can only be used if properly depreciated.
  • Determine the type of green or other land improvement being depreciated.
  • In this case, you would have paid less for depreciation than the amount the vehicle actually depreciated.
British Dictionary definitions for depreciated


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 depreciated



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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