Definition of depreciate in English:



  • 1[no object] Diminish in value over a period of time.

    ‘the pound is expected to depreciate against the dollar’
    • ‘For people who are in business or involved in any commercial activity, once something is purchased then its value depreciates very, very quickly.’
    • ‘But by how many thousands more did his car simply depreciate in value over the same period?’
    • ‘The won continues to depreciate against the dollar and stock prices continue to fall.’
    • ‘Under the old regime there was the real possibility that the lira would depreciate against the Deutschmark.’
    • ‘Because of these currency imbalances, the dollar has actually depreciated more against the euro than it otherwise would.’
    • ‘But these currencies have once again begun to depreciate against the dollar as the Japanese authorities intervened to weaken the yen.’
    • ‘Buying a cheaper car that depreciates rapidly is a false economy.’
    • ‘All it requires is a tighter look at how a car depreciates or holds it value and what the expected mileage and fuel consumption will be.’
    • ‘I want to get across to people it is their homes that will depreciate in value if these masts go up and so it is in their interest to get involved.’
    • ‘The problem with art that does this is that it does not adequately reflect on the urgency of the moment we now live in and thus tends to depreciate in value.’
    • ‘There are pockets where values have depreciated.’
    • ‘A car depreciates in value from the moment you step in and start the engine and requires you to spend money on maintenance.’
    • ‘We buy what we like and it's a bonus that paintings don't usually depreciate in value.’
    • ‘Our beautiful local meadowland, and its inhabitants, would be destroyed and many local homes would depreciate in value.’
    • ‘The simple reason behind this change is that the US dollar and the euro are going to steeply depreciate against the value of gold.’
    • ‘‘You may be entitled to compensation if the value of your property depreciates,’ the group says on its website.’
    • ‘A better scenario would be for the dollar to depreciate against the euro, and for sterling to share part of that weakening.’
    • ‘Apart from the fact that new ones depreciate in value rapidly, second-hand cars are often a lot nicer.’
    • ‘In the meantime, all currencies will depreciate against each other, and precious metals and other commodities will rise, and rise.’
    • ‘Unlike traditional homes, which appreciate in value, mobile homes depreciate.’
    decrease in value, lose value, decline in price, drop in price, fall in price, cheapen, devalue
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    1. 1.1Reduce the recorded value in a company's books of (an asset) each year over a predetermined period.
      ‘the computers would be depreciated at 50 percent per annum’
      • ‘Changes in accounting policies are another example of something to watch for - for example, a company might decide to depreciate assets over a longer period to save on the depreciation charge.’
      • ‘Therefore, depreciating these assets over 20 years is creating an excessive charge.’
      • ‘Furthermore, since computers can be depreciated over a five-year period, the company is also permitted to record the expense using its regular depreciation method.’
      • ‘Previously, equipment and business assets had to be depreciated over a five to seven year time span.’
      • ‘There are different ways to account for depreciating assets.’
  • 2[with object] Disparage or belittle (something)

    ‘she was already depreciating her own aesthetic taste’
    • ‘They were different to the other bands, in that they had great catchy melodies and a nice line in self depreciating lyrics.’
    • ‘Colbert is the opposite of Fouquet, abstemious, quiet, and utterly without charisma, working in the background to depreciate Fouquet's popularity like a rat gnawing at the woodwork.’
    • ‘Self depreciating comedians are usually among the most popular.’
    • ‘After all, it's a good beginning to stress the importance of ordinary people without depreciating the correct leadership of politicians, and to put the populace on a par with the elite.’
    • ‘But by avoiding the rematch, he would not only disappoint the entire sport, he'd also considerably depreciate his own status and reputation in boxing.’
    • ‘His distinctive traits of poignant observation and self - depreciating humour are woven into the novel.’
    • ‘There exists in human nature a strong propensity to depreciate the advantages, and to magnify the evils, of the present times.’
    • ‘Anyone who has enjoyed writing and reading lyrics as much as I have can hardly depreciate one mode for another.’
    • ‘Written in diary form it is a humorous, self depreciating honest account of a woman faced with the realities of a breast cancer diagnosis.’
    • ‘One reason graffiti seems so threatening is that it's the only art form that seems to depreciate material possessions.’
    • ‘Far from depreciating talent and performance, we prize the exceptional and award prestige, money, and status to those we most want to emulate.’
    • ‘They do little wrong - they have a sweet enough mix of self depreciating lyrics and sober sentiment, and the string section adds an intelligent dimension to otherwise simple tunes.’
    • ‘It should also be kept in mind that the trends in computer technology are toward facilitation of PC use, and that will inevitably depreciate many skills currently learned by students.’
    • ‘Ironically, many minorities also lead the efforts to abolish affirmative action under the belief that their educational achievements are depreciated, disparaged and seen as less valuable.’
    • ‘We would suggest that to assume that all women possess a drive toward inter-relatedness, or that all men possess a drive toward individualism, is to depreciate that individual's experience.’
    belittle, disparage, denigrate, decry, deprecate, make light of, treat lightly, discredit, underrate, undervalue, underestimate, deflate, detract from, diminish, minimize, trivialize, run down, traduce, defame
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Late Middle English ( depreciate): from late Latin depreciat- lowered in price, undervalued from the verb depreciare, from Latin de- down + pretium price.