verb de·pre·ci·ate \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


Full Definition of DEPRECIATE

transitive verb
:  to lower in estimation or esteem
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.


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

decry, depreciate, disparage, belittle mean to express a low opinion of. decry implies open condemnation with intent to discredit <decried their defeatist attitude>. depreciate implies a representing as being of less value than commonly believed <critics depreciate his plays for being unabashedly sentimental>. disparage implies depreciation by indirect means such as slighting or invidious comparison <disparaged polo as a game for the rich>. belittle usually suggests a contemptuous or envious attitude <belittled the achievements of others>.

Other Economics Terms

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

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DEPRECIATING Defined for Kids


verb de·pre·ci·ate \di-ˈprē-shē-ˌāt\

Definition of DEPRECIATE for Kids

:  belittle <He often depreciates his own talent.>
:  to lower the price or value of
:  to lose value <New cars depreciate rapidly.>


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