Definition of depreciation in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˌprēSHēˈāSH(ə)n/


1A reduction in the value of an asset with the passage of time, due in particular to wear and tear.
Example sentences
  • The former is intended to compensate the host railway for depreciation of the fixed assets associated with use by other railways.
  • It also ignores non-cash items such as depreciation of assets and the amortisation of acquisitions.
  • It was inevitable that runaway property inflation would come to a halt but few anticipated asset depreciation in the housing market.
devaluation, devaluing, decrease in value, lowering in value, reduction in value, cheapening, markdown, reduction;
decline, downturn, downswing, drop, slump, plunge, tumble, nosedive, crash
1.1Decrease in the value of a currency relative to other currencies: depreciation leads to losses for non-dollar-based investors a currency depreciation
More example sentences
  • Initial stock market turmoil, currency depreciations, and oil price fluctuations are serious, but will probably stabilise in due course.
  • Major negative influences were the continuous rise in the trade deficit and declining net investment, mainly due to the continuous rise in depreciations.
  • Fixed exchange rates provided a source of constancy, and governments were no longer allowed to use competitive depreciations to promote exports.

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Syllabification: de·pre·ci·a·tion

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