de·​pre·​ci·​ate | \ di-ˈprē-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce depreciate (audio) \
depreciated; depreciating

Definition of depreciate

transitive verb

1 : to lower in honor or esteem often depreciates the importance of her work
2a : to lower the price or estimated value of depreciate property
b : to deduct from taxable income a portion of the original cost of (a business asset) over several years as the value of the asset decreases

intransitive verb

: to fall in value advised us to sell the stock before it depreciates

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Other Words from depreciate

depreciable \ di-​ˈprē-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce depreciate (audio) \ adjective
depreciatingly \ di-​ˈprē-​shē-​ˌā-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce depreciate (audio) \ adverb
depreciation \ di-​ˌprē-​shē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce depreciate (audio) \ noun
depreciative \ di-​ˈprē-​shə-​tiv How to pronounce depreciate (audio) , -​shē-​ˌā-​tiv \ adjective
depreciator \ di-​ˈprē-​shē-​ˌā-​tər How to pronounce depreciate (audio) \ noun
depreciatory \ di-​ˈprē-​shə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce depreciate (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for depreciate

decry, depreciate, disparage, belittle mean to express a low opinion of. decry implies open condemnation with intent to discredit. decried their defeatist attitude depreciate implies a representing as being of less value than commonly believed. critics depreciate his plays for being unabashedly sentimental disparage implies depreciation by indirect means such as slighting or invidious comparison. disparaged polo as a game for the rich belittle usually suggests a contemptuous or envious attitude. belittled the achievements of others

Examples of depreciate in a Sentence

These changes have greatly depreciated the value of the house. The value of the house has depreciated greatly.
Recent Examples on the Web Solar projects depreciate over six years, a point at which their owners often sell or donate them. Star Tribune, "Red Lake Nation uses crowdfunding to bet big on solar energy," 21 Nov. 2020 The ariary may depreciate by 3.7% against the dollar on average next year. Kamlesh Bhuckory,, "Madagascar Expects Economic Turnaround in 2021 With 4.5% Growth," 21 Nov. 2020 As workers exit the labor force, skills will depreciate. Chabeli Carrazana, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus pandemic creates America's first female recession amid child care, unemployment woes," 4 Aug. 2020 While this path is typically a better investment, new vehicles tend to quickly depreciate, and most limited warranty periods only last between three and four years or 36,000 and 50,000 miles. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Leasing vs. Buying a Car or Truck: Which Is Best for You?," 5 July 2020 For instance, if the dollar is generally weak, the yuan will strengthen against it, but depreciate against other currencies—exactly what has happened in June. The Economist, "The 24-body problem The yuan has been one of the world’s most stable major currencies," 11 June 2020 With the kingdom facing a deep deficit brought on by lockdowns and low oil prices, few in Yemen expect the money to be replenished, so the currency will probably depreciate. The Economist, "The invisible outbreak Covid-19 quietly sweeps across Yemen," 4 June 2020 The central bank said in early 2015 that the franc would depreciate over time, but hasn’t happened. Catherine Bosley,, "SNB Franc Shock Reverberates in Negative Rates, U.S. Critics," 13 May 2020 That's because nothing depreciates faster than unused airline miles. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Here are the best ways for Alaskans to build a bank of frequent flyer miles," 29 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of depreciate

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for depreciate

Middle English, from Late Latin depretiatus, past participle of depretiare, from Latin de- + pretium price — more at price entry 1

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25 Nov 2020

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“Depreciate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of depreciate

: to cause (something) to have a lower price or value
: to decrease in value
formal : to describe (something) as having little value


de·​pre·​ci·​ate | \ di-ˈprē-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce depreciate (audio) \
depreciated; depreciating

Kids Definition of depreciate

1 : belittle He often depreciates his own talent.
2 : to lower the price or value of
3 : to lose value New cars depreciate rapidly.


de·​pre·​ci·​ate | \ di-ˈprē-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce depreciate (audio) \
depreciated; depreciating

Legal Definition of depreciate

transitive verb

: to subject to depreciation : lower the value of

intransitive verb

: to fall in value — compare appreciate

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