Share this entry

Share this page

depreciation

Syllabification: de·pre·ci·a·tion
Pronunciation: /dəˌprēSHēˈāSH(ə)n
 
/

Definition of depreciation in English:

noun

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.
Synonyms
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.

Definition of depreciation in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day Noel
Pronunciation: nōˈel
noun
Christmas…