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deprecate

[ dep-ri-keyt ]
/ ˈdɛp rɪˌkeɪt /
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verb (used with object), dep·re·cat·ed, dep·re·cat·ing.

to express earnest disapproval of: The physician’s 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 1615–25; from Latin dēprecātus “prayed against, warded off” (past participle of dēprecārī ), equivalent to dē- “away from, out of“ + precārī “to pray” + -ātus 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 “to express disapproval of.” In technology and computing, deprecate is very commonly used to describe phasing out or abandoning out-of-date software.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 “belittle”: 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.

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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
/ (ˈdɛprɪˌkeɪt) /

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 dēprecārī to avert, ward off by entreaty, from de- + precārī to pray

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