Definition of depreciate in English:


Syllabification: de·pre·ci·ate
Pronunciation: /diˈprēSHēˌāt


  • 1 [no object] Diminish in value over a period of time: the pound is expected to depreciate against the dollar
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    • The simple reason behind this change is that the US dollar and the euro are going to steeply depreciate against the value of gold.
    • There are pockets where values have depreciated.
    • Buying a cheaper car that depreciates rapidly is a false economy.
    decrease in value, lose value, fall in price
  • 1.1Reduce the recorded value in a company’s books of (an asset) each year over a predetermined period: the computers would be depreciated at 50 percent per annum
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    • Changes in accounting policies are another example of something to watch for - for example, a company might decide to depreciate assets over a longer period to save on the depreciation charge.
    • Furthermore, since computers can be depreciated over a five-year period, the company is also permitted to record the expense using its regular depreciation method.
    • Previously, equipment and business assets had to be depreciated over a five to seven year time span.
    devalue, cheapen, reduce, lower in price, mark down, discount
  • 2 [with object] Disparage or belittle (something): she was already depreciating her own aesthetic taste
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    • Ironically, many minorities also lead the efforts to abolish affirmative action under the belief that their educational achievements are depreciated, disparaged and seen as less valuable.
    • Written in diary form it is a humorous, self depreciating honest account of a woman faced with the realities of a breast cancer diagnosis.
    • They were different to the other bands, in that they had great catchy melodies and a nice line in self depreciating lyrics.
    belittle, disparage, denigrate, decry, deprecate, underrate, undervalue, underestimate, diminish, trivialize; disdain, sneer at, scoff at, scorn
    informal knock, badmouth, sell short, pooh-pooh



Pronunciation: /-SHēəˌtôrē/
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  • It is common now for these views to be dismissed with de haut en bas gestures of depreciatory scorn.
  • To reflect these depreciatory factors it was appropriate to discount the valuation of the claimants' shareholdings after implementation of the transaction by 80% to 90%.
  • In the study, he insists that ‘… the Negro woman during slavery began to develop a depreciatory concept of herself, not only as a female but as a human being as well’.


late Middle English (sense 2): from late Latin depreciat- 'lowered in price, undervalued', from the verb depreciare, from Latin de- 'down' + pretium 'price'.

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