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depreciate

[ dih-pree-shee-eyt ]
/ dɪˈpri ʃiˌeɪt /
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verb (used with object), de·pre·ci·at·ed, de·pre·ci·at·ing.

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), de·pre·ci·at·ed, de·pre·ci·at·ing.

to decline in value.

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Origin of depreciate

First recorded in 1640–50; from Late Latin dēpretiātus “undervalued” (past participle of dēpretiāre; in Medieval Latin spelling dēpreciāre ), equivalent to Latin dē- “away from, out of” + preti(um) “price” + -ātus past participle suffix; see de-, price, -ate1

historical usage of depreciate

4. See deprecate.

OTHER WORDS FROM depreciate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH depreciate

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

depreciate
/ (dɪˈpriːʃɪˌeɪt) /

verb

to reduce or decline in value or price
(tr) to lessen the value of by derision, criticism, etc; disparage

Derived forms of depreciate

depreciatingly, adverbdepreciator, noundepreciatory (dɪˈpriːʃɪətərɪ, -trɪ) or depreciative, adjective

Word Origin for depreciate

C15: from Late Latin dēpretiāre to lower the price of, from Latin de- + pretium price

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Avoid confusion with deprecate
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