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 Loopholes The Bloomberg posts weren't much more than self-deprecating humor used to sell a candidate's old guy appeal, using a tactic that until now was largely used to sell skin care products or clothing-subscription services. CBS News, "Facebook changes ad policy after Bloomberg hired influencers," 14 Feb. 2020 Long story short: Jim Crane handled the event in stride, and even capped his acceptance speech with a self-deprecating joke. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Jim Crane honored at River Oaks dinner, helped raise record $875,000 for Ben Taub Trauma Center," 16 Jan. 2020 The clichés have become so ubiquitous that even Bumble started posting self-deprecating jokes. Coral Murphy, USA TODAY, "Are you a Tinder or a Bumble type of person? The clichés of 'big dating'," 21 Nov. 2019 Valerie Harper, who scored guffaws, stole hearts and busted TV taboos as the brash, self-deprecating Rhoda Morgenstern on back-to-back hit sitcoms in the 1970s, has died. John Rogers,, "Valerie Harper, who played Rhoda on back-to-back hit sitcoms in the 1970s, dies at 80," 30 Aug. 2019 Biden didn't bite at first, oddly giving a self-deprecating answer. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Takeaways from the February Democratic debate: Buttigieg takes hits from nearly everyone," 8 Feb. 2020 Reputation, an attempt to hit back at the haters and in all likelihood regain control of the narrative by authoring her own cartoonish, self-deprecating villain edit, was a case in point. Judy Berman, Time, "Taylor Swift: Miss Americana," 28 Jan. 2020 Maybe the girl should learn the art of self-deprecating banter or rephrase her paranoia as a rap. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Greta Thunberg Is a Joke," 8 Jan. 2020 Millen, who worked as an analyst with Rich Gannon along with play-by-play announcer Beth Mowins on the local Raiders television broadcast, was his typically buoyant, positive and self-deprecating self. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Raiders’ top story vs. Rams wasn’t on field, it was Matt Millen in booth," 11 Aug. 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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25 Feb 2020

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“Deprecate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 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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