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depreciate

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verb, de·pre·ci·ate \di-ˈprē-shē-ˌāt\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of depreciate

depreciateddepreciating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lower in estimation or esteem

  3. 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

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to fall in value

depreciable play \-shə-bəl\ adjective
depreciatingly play \-shē-ˌā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb
depreciation play \-ˌprē-shē-ˈā-shən\ noun
depreciative play \-ˈprē-shə-tiv, -shē-ˌā-tiv\ adjective
depreciator play \-shē-ˌā-tər\ noun
depreciatory play \-shə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of depreciate in a sentence

  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

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>.

Rhymes with depreciate

abbreviate, abominate, accelerate, accentuate, accommodate, acculturate, accumulate, adjudicate, adulterate, affiliate, agglomerate, alienate, alleviate, alliterate, amalgamate, ameliorate, amyl nitrate, annihilate, annunciate, anticipate, apostolate, appreciate, appropriate, approximate, arpeggiate, articulate, asphyxiate, assassinate, asseverate, assimilate, associate, at any rate, attenuate, authenticate, barbiturate, bicarbonate, calumniate, capacitate, capitulate, catholicate, certificate, coagulate, coelenterate, collaborate, commemorate, commiserate, communicate, compassionate, concatenate, conciliate, confabulate, confederate, conglomerate, congratulate, consolidate, contaminate, cooperate, coordinate, corroborate, deactivate, debilitate, decapitate, decelerate, decerebrate, deconcentrate, deconsecrate, decorticate, decrepitate, de-escalate, defibrinate, defoliate, degenerate, deliberate, delineate, demodulate, denominate, depopulate, deracinate, deregulate, desegregate, desiderate, detoxicate, devaluate, diaconate, dilapidate, discriminate, disintegrate, disseminate, dissimulate, dissociate, domesticate, effectuate, ejaculate, elaborate, electroplate, eliminate, elucidate, emaciate, emancipate, emasculate, encapsulate, enumerate, enunciate, episcopate, equivocate, eradicate, etiolate, evacuate, evaluate, evaporate, eventuate, eviscerate, exacerbate, exaggerate, exasperate, excited state, excogitate, excoriate, exfoliate, exhilarate, exonerate, expatiate, expatriate, expectorate, expostulate, expropriate, extenuate, exterminate, extrapolate, facilitate, felicitate, fish or cut bait, garrison state, gesticulate, habilitate, habituate, hallucinate, humiliate, hydrogenate, hypothecate, illuminate, impersonate, inactivate, inaugurate, incarcerate, incinerate, incorporate, incriminate, indoctrinate, inebriate, infatuate, infuriate, ingratiate, ingurgitate, initiate, inoculate, inseminate, insinuate, instantiate, intercalate, interpolate, interrelate, interrogate, intimidate, intoxicate, invalidate, investigate, invigorate, irradiate, Italianate, Korea Strait, lanceolate, legitimate, luxuriate, mandarinate, manipulate, matriarchate, matriculate, Merthiolate, necessitate, negotiate, noncandidate, obliterate, officiate, Orange Free State, orientate, originate, oxygenate, participate, particulate, patriarchate, patriciate, perambulate, peregrinate, perpetuate, pontificate, precipitate, predestinate, predominate, prefabricate, premeditate, preponderate, prevaricate, procrastinate, prognosticate, proliferate, propitiate, proportionate, quadruplicate, quintuplicate, reciprocate, recriminate, recuperate, redecorate, reduplicate, reeducate, refrigerate, regenerate, regurgitate, reincarnate, reintegrate, reiterate, rejuvenate, remunerate, repatriate, repudiate, resuscitate, retaliate, reticulate, revaluate, reverberate, scholasticate, second estate, self-flagellate, self-immolate, self-pollinate, seventy-eight, sextuplicate, Singapore Strait, sophisticate, subordinate, substantiate, syllabicate, tergiversate, transliterate, triangulate, vanity plate, variegate, vaticinate, vituperate, vociferate


DEPRECIATE Defined for Kids

depreciate

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verb de·pre·ci·ate \di-ˈprē-shē-ˌāt\

Definition of depreciate for Students

depreciateddepreciating

  1. 1 :  belittle <He often depreciates his own talent.>

  2. 2 :  to lower the price or value of

  3. 3 :  to lose value <New cars depreciate rapidly.>




Law Dictionary

depreciate

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verb de·pre·ci·ate \di-ˈprē-shē-ˌāt\

Legal Definition of depreciate

depreciateddepreciating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to subject to depreciation :  lower the value of
  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to fall in value — compare appreciate





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