[ dih-pree-shee-eyt ]
/ dɪˈpri ʃiˌeɪt /

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.

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
Can be confuseddeprecate depreciate (see usage note at deprecate)

Usage note

4. See deprecate. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for depreciate


/ (dɪˈpriːʃɪˌeɪt) /


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


Avoid confusion with deprecate
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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.

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