depreciate


de·pre·ci·ate

verb \di-ˈprē-shē-ˌāt\

: to cause (something) to have a lower price or value

: to decrease in value

: to describe (something) as having little value

de·pre·ci·at·edde·pre·ci·at·ing

Full Definition of DEPRECIATE

transitive verb
1
:  to lower in estimation or esteem
2
a :  to lower the price or estimated value of <depreciate property>
b :  to deduct from taxable income a portion of the original cost of (a business asset) over several years as the value of the asset decreases
intransitive verb
:  to fall in value
de·pre·cia·ble \-shə-bəl\ adjective
de·pre·ci·at·ing·ly \-shē-ˌā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb
de·pre·ci·a·tion \-ˌprē-shē-ˈā-shən\ noun
de·pre·ci·a·tive \-ˈprē-shə-tiv, -shē-ˌā-tiv\ adjective
de·pre·ci·a·tor \-shē-ˌā-tər\ noun
de·pre·cia·to·ry \-shə-ˌtr-ē\ adjective

Examples of DEPRECIATE

  1. These changes have greatly depreciated the value of the house.
  2. The value of the house has depreciated greatly.

Origin of DEPRECIATE

Middle English, from Late Latin depretiatus, past participle of depretiare, from Latin de- + pretium price — more at price
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Economics Terms

actuary, compound interest, globalization, indemnity, portfolio, rentier, stagflation, usurer

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