depreciate

verb
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 Cars generally depreciate by the end of the first year at around 20–30 percent. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, 19 July 2021 Electric vehicles depreciate quickly — nearly 52% after three years, according to iSeeCars. cleveland, 17 July 2021 Fake watches aren’t common, but models that have been damaged, serviced or repaired with new parts (which can depreciate the value) are. Jessica Iredale, WSJ, 16 July 2021 The result has been a jump in car values, leading to higher taxes or, at the least, tiny year-over-year decreases that compare to previous sharper declines in taxes as vehicles depreciate in value. Stephen Singer, courant.com, 13 July 2021 Yurchenko said at some point prices will have to go back to normal and used vehicles will depreciate once again. CBS News, 5 July 2021 Without much hard evidence, the Fed adopted a 2% inflation target as measured by the headline PCE deflator, which, if attained, would depreciate the purchasing power of the dollar by 2% every year, over 20% in a decade. William Dunkelberg, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Yurchenko said at some point prices will have to go back to normal and used vehicles will depreciate once again. CBS News, 22 June 2021 Previously Apple would depreciate the older versions of iOS and force everyone on to the next whole version number. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 11 June 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/depreciate. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for depreciate

depreciate

verb

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

depreciate

verb
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.

depreciate

verb
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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