[ dih-pree-shee-eyt ]
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verb (used with object),de·pre·ci·at·ed, de·pre·ci·at·ing.
  1. to reduce the purchasing value of (money).

  2. to lessen the value or price of.

  1. to claim depreciation on (a property) for tax purposes.

  2. to represent as of little value or merit; belittle.

verb (used without object),de·pre·ci·at·ed, de·pre·ci·at·ing.
  1. to decline in value.

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

word story For depreciate

4. See deprecate.

Other words for depreciate

Other words from depreciate

  • de·pre·ci·at·ing·ly, adverb
  • de·pre·ci·a·tor, noun
  • non·de·pre·ci·at·ing, adjective
  • pre·de·pre·ci·ate, verb, pre·de·pre·ci·at·ed, pre·de·pre·ci·at·ing.
  • re·de·pre·ci·ate, verb, re·de·pre·ci·at·ed, re·de·pre·ci·at·ing.
  • un·de·pre·ci·at·ed, adjective
  • un·der·de·pre·ci·ate, verb (used with object), un·der·de·pre·ci·at·ed, un·der·de·pre·ci·at·ing.

Words that may be confused with depreciate

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How to use depreciate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for depreciate


/ (dɪˈpriːʃɪˌeɪt) /

  1. to reduce or decline in value or price

  2. (tr) to lessen the value of by derision, criticism, etc; disparage

Origin of depreciate

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

confusable For depreciate

Avoid confusion with deprecate

Derived forms of depreciate

  • depreciatingly, adverb
  • depreciator, noun
  • depreciatory (dɪˈpriːʃɪətərɪ, -trɪ) or depreciative, adjective

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