Definition of depreciate in English:


Line breaks: de|pre¦ci|ate
Pronunciation: /dɪˈpriːʃɪeɪt
, -sɪ-/


  • 1 [no object] Diminish in value over a period of time: the latest cars will depreciate heavily in the first year
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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, decline in price, drop in price, fall in price, cheapen, devalue
  • 1.1 [with object] Reduce the recorded value in a company’s books of (an asset) each year over a predetermined period.
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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 value, lower in price, mark down, cut, discount
    informal slash



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  • Because it is presumed to represent the value of depreciable assets, this goodwill number has to be depreciated.
  • You take money from your retirement fund for a depreciable device which will have to be replaced in three years?
  • This ratio was then used to form a range for depreciable lives no greater than 20% or no less than 10% of a benchmark life based on actual usage of the firm's assets.


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  • I do not intend these critical remarks to be in any way depreciative of his efforts to shed light on the evolution of ciliary bands in the Spiralia.
  • Of potential value to modern readers, for instance, are his misgivings, expressed for the most part in shorter essays, about democratic government and his mildly depreciative view of the United States.
  • Their artistry - I'm tempted to call it craftsmanship, but I'm afraid that would seem depreciative - is borne out of their love of the art.


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  • In his preface to these lectures Freud speaks a little depreciatively of the lack of novelty in their contents.
  • The presence of the sequelae was regarded depreciatively by the patients and this attitude affected their self-regard as human beings.
  • Once I handed a piece of paper and a pencil to a client who often referred depreciatively to his own nose and asked him to draw a silhouette of his face.


Pronunciation: /dɪˈpriːʃ(ɪ)ət(ə)ri/
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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 (in sense 2): from late Latin depreciat- 'lowered in price, undervalued', from the verb depreciare, from Latin de- 'down' + pretium 'price'.

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