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. Zhu Haifeng:

    In addition, there's also yuan depreciation pressure.

  2. Richard Benson:

    The commonly-held view of continuous yen depreciation is being questioned now.

  3. Liu Haiying:

    You buy Hong Kong shares for two reasons; they're cheap and you can dodge yuan depreciation.

  4. Premier Li Keqiang:

    The Chinese government has no intention to promote exports through currency depreciation, nor it will launch a trade war.

  5. Fang Xinghai:

    A depreciation is not in the interests of China's rebalancing; a too-deep currency fall would not be good for consumption.

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