Definition of depreciate in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈprēSHēˌāt/


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.
disdain, sneer at, scoff at, scorn
informal knock, badmouth, sell short, pooh-pooh



Pronunciation: /dəˈprēSH(ē)əˌtôrē/
Example sentences
  • 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'.

  • price from Middle English:

    The medieval word pris, which was from Old French, meant not only ‘price’ but also ‘prize’ and ‘praise’. Over time these three meanings split into three different words. Pris became price, and the meaning ‘praise’ started to be spelled preise and then praise. Originally simply an alternative way of spelling price, prize too became a separate word. The Latin original of the French was pretiem ‘price’ which also lies behind appreciate (mid 18th century), and the related appraise (mid 16th century) and apprize (mid 16th century), all with the basic sense of ‘set a price to’; depreciate (mid 17th century); and precious (Middle English).

Words that rhyme with depreciate


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Syllabification: de·pre·ci·ate

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