Definition of depreciate in US English:



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

    ‘the pound is expected to depreciate against the dollar’
    • ‘‘You may be entitled to compensation if the value of your property depreciates,’ the group says on its website.’
    • ‘In the meantime, all currencies will depreciate against each other, and precious metals and other commodities will rise, and rise.’
    • ‘There are pockets where values have depreciated.’
    • ‘Our beautiful local meadowland, and its inhabitants, would be destroyed and many local homes would depreciate in value.’
    • ‘But by how many thousands more did his car simply depreciate in value over the same period?’
    • ‘Because of these currency imbalances, the dollar has actually depreciated more against the euro than it otherwise would.’
    • ‘The simple reason behind this change is that the US dollar and the euro are going to steeply depreciate against the value of gold.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A better scenario would be for the dollar to depreciate against the euro, and for sterling to share part of that weakening.’
    • ‘The won continues to depreciate against the dollar and stock prices continue to fall.’
    • ‘Apart from the fact that new ones depreciate in value rapidly, second-hand cars are often a lot nicer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unlike traditional homes, which appreciate in value, mobile homes depreciate.’
    • ‘Buying a cheaper car that depreciates rapidly is a false economy.’
    • ‘But these currencies have once again begun to depreciate against the dollar as the Japanese authorities intervened to weaken the yen.’
    • ‘For people who are in business or involved in any commercial activity, once something is purchased then its value depreciates very, very quickly.’
    • ‘Under the old regime there was the real possibility that the lira would depreciate against the Deutschmark.’
    decrease in value, lose value, decline in price, drop in price, fall in price, cheapen, devalue
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    1. 1.1 Reduce 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’
      • ‘Previously, equipment and business assets had to be depreciated over a five to seven year time span.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There are different ways to account for depreciating assets.’
      devalue, cheapen, reduce, lower in value, lower in price, mark down, cut, discount
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  • 2with object Disparage or belittle (something)

    ‘she was already depreciating her own aesthetic taste’
    • ‘Anyone who has enjoyed writing and reading lyrics as much as I have can hardly depreciate one mode for another.’
    • ‘They were different to the other bands, in that they had great catchy melodies and a nice line in self depreciating lyrics.’
    • ‘There exists in human nature a strong propensity to depreciate the advantages, and to magnify the evils, of the present times.’
    • ‘One reason graffiti seems so threatening is that it's the only art form that seems to depreciate material possessions.’
    • ‘Written in diary form it is a humorous, self depreciating honest account of a woman faced with the realities of a breast cancer diagnosis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Self depreciating comedians are usually among the most popular.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Far from depreciating talent and performance, we prize the exceptional and award prestige, money, and status to those we most want to emulate.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 (in depreciate (sense 2)): from late Latin depreciat- ‘lowered in price, undervalued’, from the verb depreciare, from Latin de- ‘down’ + pretium ‘price’.