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deprecate

[ dep-ri-keyt ]
/ 藞d蓻p r瑟藢ke瑟t /
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verb (used with object), dep路re路cat路ed, dep路re路cat路ing.
to express earnest disapproval of: The physician鈥檚 committee moved to deprecate the standard American diet.
to urge reasons against; protest against (a scheme, purpose, etc.).
to depreciate; belittle: How can companies redress the experiences of marginalized team members whose voices are being deprecated in the workplace?
Computers. to cease supporting or recommending the use of (older elements, features, or versions of software): The publisher deprecates products after five years or if more than two more recent versions are available.
Archaic. to pray for deliverance from.
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Origin of deprecate

First recorded in 1615鈥25; from Latin d膿prec膩tus 鈥減rayed against, warded off鈥 (past participle of d膿prec膩r墨 ), equivalent to d膿- 鈥渁way from, out of鈥 + prec膩r墨 鈥渢o pray鈥 + -膩tus past participle suffix; see de-, pray, -ate1

synonym study for deprecate

1. See decry.

historical usage of deprecate

An early and still common sense of deprecate is 鈥渢o express disapproval of.鈥 In technology and computing, deprecate is very commonly used to describe phasing out or abandoning out-of-date software.
In an evolution still occasionally criticized by a few, deprecate has come to be synonymous with the similar but etymologically unrelated word depreciate in the sense 鈥渂elittle鈥: The author modestly deprecated the importance of his work. In compounds with self-, deprecate has almost totally replaced depreciate in modern usage: Her self-deprecating account of her career both amused and charmed the audience.

OTHER WORDS FROM deprecate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH deprecate

deprecate , depreciate (see word story at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for deprecate

deprecate
/ (藞d蓻pr瑟藢ke瑟t) /

verb (tr)
to express disapproval of; protest against
to depreciate (a person, someone's character, etc); belittle
archaic to try to ward off by prayer

Derived forms of deprecate

Word Origin for deprecate

C17: from Latin d膿prec膩r墨 to avert, ward off by entreaty, from de- + prec膩r墨 to pray

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Avoid confusion with depreciate
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