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 deprecation (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 Bendinger, who has a wide, toothy smile and a self-deprecating wit, emerges as the one in charge of sweet talking bored civil servants and aging racketeers into pointing her in the right direction. Margy Rochlin, Los Angeles Times, "Why a mafia wife’s story unearthed in ‘Mob Queens’ podcast is part of queer history too," 16 Sep. 2019 Shortly after singer Ally Brooke, 26, opened the show accompanied by the 90 Miss Universe finalists, Harvey launched into a monologue complete with some self-deprecating humor. Leora Arnowitz, USA TODAY, "Miss Universe 2019: South Africa wins, Steve Harvey has another mix-up and more you missed," 9 Dec. 2019 One of the best strategies for kids who get bullied is to use self-deprecating humor. Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, "How to Beat Trump, According to Experts on Middle-School Bullies," 14 Oct. 2019 As one of three remaining candidates in the race who do not have a background in politics, Mr. Yang has won fans by speaking off the cuff and peppering his stump speech with sometimes self-deprecating humor. Matt Stevens, New York Times, "Andrew Yang Knows You May Disagree With Him About Shane Gillis," 17 Sep. 2019 The actor, 54, is handsome, funny, humble and self-deprecating in both his official and unofficial public appearances. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Keanu Reeves’ Emeryville adventure: Digging ‘deep’ into the soul of his ‘Toy Story’ role," 18 June 2019 And since online culture rewards both self-deprecating humor and the appearance of authenticity, that post has a multiplying effect, inspiring even more people to share their huge Saturday night plans of lounging around the house in sweatpants. Sarah Todd, Quartzy, "Why millennials never want to leave their apartment anymore," 15 Nov. 2019 On the whole, Williams’s book is more rigorous than mournful, an account of solutions more than of problems, marked by self-deprecating humor and acute sensitivity. Andrew Solomon, New York Times, "How Moving to France and Having Children Led a Black American to Rethink Race," 18 Oct. 2019 In fact, in the pantheon of the latest memes to spread, therapy and self-care memes keep popping, but this is already one of the more of the funny, self-deprecating kind. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "People Are Using Google Translate to Drop Bubble Bursting Truths on Themselves and It's a Thing of Beauty," 22 Nov. 2019

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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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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Deprecate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of deprecate

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

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