[ dih-pree-shee-ey-shuhn ]
/ dɪˌpri ʃiˈeɪ ʃən /


decrease in value due to wear and tear, decay, decline in price, etc.
such a decrease as allowed in computing the value of property for tax purposes.
a decrease in the purchasing or exchange value of money.
a lowering in estimation.

Origin of depreciation

An Americanism dating back to 1730–40; depreciate + -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM depreciation

non·de·pre·ci·a·tion, nounpre·de·pre·ci·a·tion, nounre·de·pre·ci·a·tion, nounun·der·de·pre·ci·a·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for depreciation

/ (dɪˌpriːʃɪˈeɪʃən) /


  1. the reduction in value of a fixed asset due to use, obsolescence, etc
  2. the amount deducted from gross profit to allow for such reduction in value
accounting a modified amount permitted for purposes of tax deduction
the act or an instance of depreciating or belittling; disparagement
a decrease in the exchange value of currency against gold or other currencies brought about by excess supply of that currency under conditions of fluctuating exchange ratesCompare devaluation (def. 1)
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Cultural definitions for depreciation

[ (di-pree-shee-ay-shuhn) ]

A decline over time in the value of a tangible asset, such as a house or car.

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