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

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 While most cars depreciate quickly after they are driven off the dealer lot, classic cars appreciate over time because of their rarity, performance or unique features. Thomas Schröck, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 That provision, which has been the legislation’s biggest revenue raiser, will now let those companies depreciate their equipment costs more quickly, lowering the government’s tax take and helping manufacturers who buy expensive machinery. Erin Prater, Fortune, 6 Aug. 2022 And, if Japan started having inflation, the yen should also depreciate. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 15 July 2022 Generally speaking, when geopolitical turmoil affects a country, their currency will depreciate and their imports or exports will be impacted. Michael Mirarchi, Forbes, 9 June 2022 Each CryptoKitty is unique and owned by the user, ownership is validated on the Ethereum blockchain, and its value can appreciate or depreciate based on market demand. Leeor Shimron, Forbes, 13 May 2021 Before the pandemic, the first-year drop in value was about 33.3%, and then the car would continue to depreciate, at an average rate of 14% in each year after that, according to research firm J.D. Power. Nora Eckert, WSJ, 11 Feb. 2022 Some are buying electronics and appliances before their rubles depreciate further. Tiffany Ap, Quartz, 4 Mar. 2022 As the governments depreciate the dollar, the value of your debt will fall just like the government’s bonds. Dr. Philip Fischer, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Depreciate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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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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