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

transitive verb

: to express disapproval of
deprecates such attempts at humor
: play down : make little of
speaks five languages … but deprecates this facility Time
: belittle, disparage
the most reluctantly admired and least easily deprecated of … novelists New Yorker
: 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
: to seek to avert
deprecate the wrath … of the Roman people Tobias Smollett
archaic : to pray against (something, such as an evil)
deprecation noun

Example Sentences

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 Grease was the sort of film — unapologetically nostalgic and campy — that critics tend to deprecate, and many of them savaged it. Charles Hirshberg, Peoplemag, 19 Aug. 2022 Investors can shift to other markets, companies can change their focus, infrastructure can be allowed to deprecate until much of its value is gone. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 10 May 2022 The courts constantly deprecate the practice of claiming willful blindness, and the accountant or attorney must report financial fraud rather than feigning ignorance of their client’s money laundering business. Benjamin Chou, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 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 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 4b

Time Traveler
The first known use of deprecate was in 1628

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Cite this Entry

“Deprecate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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dep·​re·​cate ˈdep-ri-ˌkāt How to pronounce deprecate (audio)
deprecated; deprecating
: to express disapproval of
: to represent as of little value : depreciate
deprecatingly adverb
deprecation noun

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