Definition of depreciate
1 : to lower in honor or esteem often depreciates the importance of her work
2a : to lower the price or estimated value of depreciate propertyb : 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
: to fall in value advised us to sell the stock before it depreciates
depreciableplay \-shə-bəl\ adjective
depreciatinglyplay \-shē-ˌā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb
depreciationplay \-ˌprē-shē-ˈā-shən\ noun
depreciativeplay \-ˈprē-shə-tiv, -shē-ˌā-tiv\ adjective
depreciatorplay \-shē-ˌā-tər\ noun
depreciatoryplay \-shə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective
Examples of depreciate in a Sentence
These changes have greatly depreciated the value of the house.
The value of the house has depreciated greatly.
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And the world of hockey, even at the highest level, takes on the humble, self-depreciating, slighly-stoic spirit of Canadians.
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Synonym Discussion of depreciate
DEPRECIATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of depreciate for English Language Learners
: to cause (something) to have a lower price or value
: to decrease in value
: to describe (something) as having little value
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