What does depreciation mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. depreciation(noun)

    a decrease in price or value

    "depreciation of the dollar against the yen"

  2. depreciation, wear and tear(noun)

    decrease in value of an asset due to obsolescence or use

  3. disparagement, depreciation, derogation(noun)

    a communication that belittles somebody or something


  1. depreciation(Noun)

    The state of being depreciated.

  2. depreciation(Noun)

    The decline in value of assets.

  3. depreciation(Noun)

    The measurement of the decline in value of assets. Not to be confused with impairment, which is the measurement of the unplanned, extraordinary decline in value of assets.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Depreciation(noun)

    the act of lessening, or seeking to lessen, price, value, or reputation

  2. Depreciation(noun)

    the falling of value; reduction of worth

  3. Depreciation(noun)

    the state of being depreciated

  4. Origin: [Cf. F. dprciation.]


  1. Depreciation

    In accountancy, depreciation refers to two aspects of the same concept: ⁕the decrease in value of assets, and ⁕the allocation of the cost of assets to periods in which the assets are used. The former affects the balance sheet of a business or entity, and the latter affects the net income that they report. Generally the cost is allocated, as depreciation expense, among the periods in which the asset is expected to be used. This expense is recognized by businesses for financial reporting and tax purposes. Methods of computing depreciation, and the periods over which assets are depreciated, may vary between asset types within the same business. These may be specified by law or accounting standards, which may vary by country. There are several standard methods of computing depreciation expense, including fixed percentage, straight line, and declining balance methods. Depreciation expense generally begins when the asset is placed in service. For example, a depreciation expense of 100 per year for 5 years may be recognized for an asset costing 500.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Depreciation

    Decline in value of capital assets of a permanent or fixed nature over time with use.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of depreciation in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of depreciation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Director Seshagiri Rao:

    These (imports) are substantially at lower prices, aided by depreciation of yuan, depreciation of yen and depreciation of won relative to rupee. That is also a major pressure point for the prices to come down in India.

  2. Nordine Naam:

    The Chinese yuan has been caught up in a vicious circle than can but lead to further depreciation of the currency, concerns over the extent of the slowdown in Chinese growth risk fuelling capital outflows and in turn a further depreciation of yuan, to which the People's Bank of China seems resigned.

  3. Vladimir Putin:

    If the price of energy is lowered on purpose, this also hits those who introduce those limits, It's far from certain that sanctions, sharp falls in the oil price (and) the depreciation of the national currency will cause negative effects or catastrophic consequences only for us. No such thing will happen!.

  4. Haiyan Li Labbe:

    Exports have been quite weak. If you look at the growth it has been -5 -6 percent... So there is huge pressure for yuan depreciation, i personally don't expect another sharp depreciation like in August because that will really create another round of financial turmoil, but I think there will be gradual depreciation.

  5. Morgan Stanley:

    While policymakers are still trying to maintain the trade-weighted (yuan) exchange rate in a stable range, we now anticipate that they will transition towards targeting a depreciation in the NEER (nominal effective exchange rate) about two quarters earlier than initially expected, this move will help policymakers to still cut interest rates to manage deflationary pressures, but will imply further depreciation of the yuan (against the dollar).

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • arvon lasku, arvonvähennys, arvonalennus, arvon aleneminen, poisto, arvon väheneminenFinnish
  • 減価償却Japanese
  • hekenga uaraMāori
  • обезвреднување, обезвреднетостMacedonian
  • depreciereRomanian
  • обесценивание, амортизацияRussian
  • avskrivning, värdeminskningSwedish
  • 折旧Chinese

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