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 Companies often depreciate assets using the straight-line method in their financial statements, meaning that an asset wears out evenly over its life. Mark Maurer, WSJ, "Tax Bills May Go Up for Big Companies. It Will Be Hard to Tell How Much.," 20 Apr. 2021 That’s because frequent flyer miles depreciate quickly. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "What does Alaska Air’s participation in the oneworld airline alliance mean for you," 10 Apr. 2021 Now the interest from private and institutional investors in new products on the market is higher than ever as fiat money continues to depreciate, making startups’ shares an attractive investment asset. Yusuf Berkan Altun, Forbes, "Pandemic Fuels Global Growth Of Entrepreneurship And Startup Frenzy," 9 Apr. 2021 Companies can, for example, immediately deduct many capital investments for tax purposes, but must depreciate them over time for investors. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "Biden Softens Tax Proposal Aimed at Profitable Companies That Pay Little," 7 Apr. 2021 Raw land doesn’t wear out or depreciate and there is nothing that can be stolen or broken on it. Dallas News, "Division covers weekend homes to working spreads," 28 Mar. 2021 While Galaxy and Pixel phones tend to hold their value decently, other lower-demand Android phones depreciate faster. Whitson Gordon, Wired, "The Best Used Tech to Buy (and Sell)," 4 Mar. 2021 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

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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 15 May. 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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