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dɪˈpri ʃiˌeɪtde·pre·ci·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deprecate, depreciate, vilipendverb


    "The teacher should not deprecate his student's efforts"

  2. depreciateverb

    lower the value of something

    "The Fed depreciated the dollar once again"

  3. depreciate, undervalue, devaluate, devalueverb

    lose in value

    "The dollar depreciated again"


  1. depreciateverb

    To reduce in value over time.

    Etymology: depretiare, depreciare, to depreciate, from de- + pretium, price

  2. depreciateverb

    To belittle

    Etymology: depretiare, depreciare, to depreciate, from de- + pretium, price

Webster Dictionary

  1. Depreciateverb

    to lessen in price or estimated value; to lower the worth of; to represent as of little value or claim to esteem; to undervalue

  2. Depreciateverb

    to fall in value; to become of less worth; to sink in estimation; as, a paper currency will depreciate, unless it is convertible into specie

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Depreciate

    de-prē′shi-āt, v.t. to lower the worth of: to undervalue: to disparage.—v.i. to fall in value.—n. Depreciā′tion, the falling of value: disparagement.—adjs. Deprē′ciative, Deprē′ciatory, tending to depreciate or lower.—n. Deprē′ciator. [L. depretiāre, -ātumde, down, and pretium, price.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of depreciate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of depreciate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of depreciate in a Sentence

  1. Alan Cameron:

    The risk is that the parallel rate will depreciate even more, giving the marketers a pretext for yet further price increases at the pump.


    True love makes everything or everyone to appreciate and grow. Whereas, lack of it makes everything or everyone to depreciate and denegerate i.e. to love is better off than to hate. ~Emeasoba George.

  3. India Governor Raghuram Rajan:

    You may try to depreciate your currency but (what) if somebody (else) is also depreciating their currency? we can't all depreciate against each other, therefore the net effect will be limited.

  4. Dave Barry, "Sweating Out Taxes":

    All the big corporations depreciate their possessions, and you can, too, provided you use them for business purposes. For example, if you subscribe to the Wall Street Journal, a business-related newspaper, you can deduct the cost of your house, because, in the words of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger in a landmark 1979 tax decision: "Where else are you going to read the paper? Outside? What if it rains?"

  5. Thomas Straubhaar:

    The SNB will come under pressure to do everything it can to depreciate or stop the appreciation of the franc, however the options are very limited.

Images & Illustrations of depreciate

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