Simple Definition of depreciate
: to cause (something) to have a lower price or value
: to decrease in value
: to describe (something) as having little value
Full Definition of depreciate
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
: to fall in value
depreciableplay \-shə-bəl\ adjective
depreciatinglyplay \-shē-ˌā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb
depreciationplay \-ˌprē-shē-ˈā-shən\ noun
depreciativeplay \-ˈprē-shə-tiv, -shē-ˌā-tiv\ adjective
depreciatorplay \-shē-ˌā-tər\ noun
depreciatoryplay \-shə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective
Examples of depreciate in a sentence
These changes have greatly depreciated the value of the house.
The value of the house has depreciated greatly.
Origin and Etymology 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
Synonym Discussion of depreciate
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