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[dih-pree-shee-eyt] /dɪˈpri ʃiˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), depreciated, depreciating.
to reduce the purchasing value of (money).
to lessen the value or price of.
to claim depreciation on (a property) for tax purposes.
to represent as of little value or merit; belittle.
verb (used without object), depreciated, depreciating.
to decline in value.
Origin of depreciate
1640-50; < Late Latin dēpretiātus undervalued (past participle of dēpretiāre, in Medieval Latin spelling dēpreciāre), equivalent to Latin dē- de- + preti(um) price + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
depreciatingly, adverb
depreciator, noun
nondepreciating, adjective
predepreciate, verb, predepreciated, predepreciating.
redepreciate, verb, redepreciated, redepreciating.
undepreciated, adjective
underdepreciate, verb (used with object), underdepreciated, underdepreciating.
Can be confused
deprecate, depreciate (see usage note at deprecate)
4. disparage, decry, minimize.
Usage note
4. See deprecate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for depreciate
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  • I do not wish from what I have said to depreciate confidence, so necessary to man.

    Reflections Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
  • Far be it from me, Sir, to depreciate merit so extraordinary.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • He too will be apt to depreciate their application to the arts.

    The Republic Plato
  • It is no compliment to the Creator to depreciate His handiwork.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • It has been usual to depreciate modern languages when compared with ancient.

    Cratylus Plato
  • She liked to hear him praised, and, woman-like, began to depreciate him faintly.

    Bulldog And Butterfly David Christie Murray
  • His part on the other hand was to depreciate their importance.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • His reputation is high among his countrymen, and you must not expect me to depreciate it.'

    Waverley Sir Walter Scott
  • The production and export are strictly limited, so that prices may not depreciate.

British Dictionary definitions for depreciate


to reduce or decline in value or price
(transitive) to lessen the value of by derision, criticism, etc; disparage
Derived Forms
depreciatingly, adverb
depreciator, noun
depreciatory (dɪˈpriːʃɪətərɪ; -trɪ), depreciative, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin dēpretiāre to lower the price of, from Latin de- + pretiumprice
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Word Origin and History for depreciate

mid-15c., from Latin depretiatus, past participle of depretiare "to lower the price of, undervalue," from de- "down" (see de-) + pretium "price" (see price (n.)). Related: Depreciated; depreciating; depreciatory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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