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 facilityTime
: belittle, disparage
the most reluctantly admired and least easily deprecated of … novelistsNew 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 peopleTobias Smollett
archaic : to pray against (something, such as an evil)
deprecation 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 As early as 1989, Gaines had conceived of a show that would juxtapose powerful contemporary work by Black Americans with deprecating excerpts by art critics, highlighting the profound mismeasure of these artists’ achievements. Adam Bradley, New York Times, 16 May 2024 These generic drivers have been successful enough that Microsoft is slowly deprecating legacy print drivers entirely. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 8 Dec. 2023 Here's a partial list of models that will be deprecated: ada babbage curie davinci davinci-instruct-beta curie-instruct-beta text-ada-001 text-babbage-001 text-curie-001 text-davinci-001 text-davinci-002 text-davinci-003 OpenAI will provide drop-in replacements for these older models. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 10 July 2023 Jimmy Fallon keeps saying deprecating things like that he’s never worked a day in his life. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 26 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for deprecate 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'deprecate.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

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

Dictionary Entries Near deprecate

Cite this Entry

“Deprecate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

More from Merriam-Webster on deprecate

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!