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Definition of "depreciate" [de•pre•ci•ate]

  • To lessen the price or value of. (verb-transitive)
  • To think or speak of as being of little worth; belittle. See Synonyms at decry. See Usage Note at deprecate. (verb-transitive)
  • To diminish in price or value. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "depreciate" in a sentence
  • "Appreciate, and not depreciate, is a cardinal point of the administration of radio broadcasting."
  • "To know what will appreciate in value and what will depreciate, that is the art of success in life, and that was the art which made Armand Berselius a millionaire."
  • "I'm also unaware of how they 'depreciate' in any meaningful sense."