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

Definition of depreciate in English:


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


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



Pronunciation: /-SHēəˌtôrē/
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’.

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