dep·​re·​cate | \ ˈde-pri-ˌkāt How to pronounce deprecate (audio) \
deprecated; deprecating; deprecates

Definition of deprecate

transitive verb

1 : to express disapproval of deprecates such attempts at humor
2a : play down : make little of speaks five languages … but deprecates this facilityTime
b : belittle, disparage the most reluctantly admired and least easily deprecated of … novelistsNew Yorker
3 : to withdraw official support for or discourage the use of (something, such as a software product) in favor of a newer or better alternative … the Google Drive app for PC and Mac is officially being deprecated and the company's developers announced in a blog post that it will no longer be supported starting December 11. Instead, you'll need to choose from one of two new apps.— Rhett Jones In the case of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft is deprecating and removing more than 20 features.— Mauro Huculak
4a : to seek to avert deprecate the wrath … of the Roman people— Tobias Smollett
b archaic : to pray against (something, such as an evil)

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Other Words from deprecate

deprecation \ ˌde-​pri-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce deprecate (audio) \ noun

Examples of deprecate in a Sentence

movie critics tried to outdo one another in deprecating the comedy as the stupidest movie of the year deprecates TV sitcoms as childish and simpleminded
Recent Examples on the Web The goal is to deploy these by late 2022, help scale adoption, and only then start to deprecate third-party cookies. Forrester, Forbes, 25 June 2021 If Facebook's actions did indeed deprecate CHD's anti-vaccine content and divert attention away, as the suit alleges, then its systems are working exactly as intended. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, 18 Aug. 2020 Less on the positive side for some users, Catalina will deprecate support for 32-bit applications, making many old games and other apps unplayable after the OS is installed. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 11 Sep. 2019 This may not be too helpful, though, since the Android and iOS Cortana apps themselves are being rapidly deprecated. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, 28 Feb. 2020 The judge, though, said a sentence of probation would deprecate the seriousness of Flick’s crime. Clifford Ward,, 30 Sep. 2019 These languages aren’t deprecated in the technical sense, but their unexpectedly long lives have created problems with things like dates. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of deprecate

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 4b

History and Etymology for deprecate

Latin deprecatus, past participle of deprecari to avert by prayer, from de- + precari to pray — more at pray

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“Deprecate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of deprecate

: to criticize or express disapproval of (someone or something)

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