- 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.
- to decline in value.
Origin of depreciate
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4. disparage, decry, minimize.
4. See deprecate.
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Examples from the Web for depreciate
That statement, simply put, means Beijing might actually try to depreciate its currency.China's Currency Ploy
Gordon G. Chang
June 21, 2010
In the first place, there is no truth to the myth that Negroes depreciate property.Alex Haley’s 1965 Playboy Interview with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
January 19, 2014
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)
He too will be apt to depreciate their application to the arts.The Republic
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
- to reduce or decline in value or price
- (tr) to lessen the value of by derision, criticism, etc; disparage
C15: from Late Latin dēpretiāre to lower the price of, from Latin de- + pretium price
Avoid confusion with deprecate
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Word Origin and History for depreciate
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