dep·re·cate | \ ˈde-pri-ˌkāt \
deprecated; deprecating; deprecates

Definition of deprecate 

transitive verb

1a archaic : to pray against (something, such as an evil)

b : to seek to avert deprecate the wrath … of the Roman people —Tobias Smollett

2 : to express disapproval of deprecates such attempts at humor

3a : 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

4 : 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

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Other words from deprecate

deprecatingly \-ˌkā-tiŋ-lē \ adverb
deprecation \ˌde-pri-ˈkā-shən \ 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

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The popularity of the admirably self-deprecating Three Lions represents a yearning for the happier times of the mid-90s. Jonathan Wilson,, "England's World Cup Run, Southgate Represent More for a Nation in Political Upheaval," 12 July 2018 Her Twitter feed also is dotted with funny, self-deprecating glimpses of her own life. James Hebert,, "Audra McDonald raises her voice — onstage and off — as she readies for San Diego Symphony show," 21 May 2018 One of my best friends, who worked in radio, came up with the idea of a funny self-deprecating segment about me and my weird snobbery. Ta-nehisi Coates, The Atlantic, "I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye," 7 May 2018 The Recent Apps icon is still an old-school menu icon, a button Android deprecated six years ago. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Xiaomi Mi A1 review—A $220 iPhone clone with stock Android? Sign us up," 26 Mar. 2018 Expect the same feel-good, blue-collar humor with a self-deprecating bent. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "13 TV Shows and Movies to Watch This Week While the Weather's Still a Mess," 25 Mar. 2018 Mindy Kaling has come a long way since her days playing the adorably self-deprecating Kelly Kapoor on The Office., "I Transformed Myself Into Mindy Kaling — & Here's What I Looked Like," 13 Mar. 2018 Sofía Niño de Rivera: Selección natural (Netflix) This special stars the infamously self-deprecating Mexican stand-up and actress. Whitney Friedlander, Esquire, "Spring 2018 TV Preview: Your Complete Guide to the Season's Premieres," 8 Mar. 2018 But when marginalized comedians take the stage, far too often, their vehicle for being heard runs on self-deprecating humor. Aja Romano, Vox, "Why Hannah Gadsby’s searing comedy special Nanette has upended comedy for good," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of deprecate

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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English Language Learners Definition of deprecate

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

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