- Depreciate is defined as to decline in value over a period of time, or to reduce the value of assets in accounting records.
- When a piece of machinery becomes old and less valuable, this is an example of when the value depreciates.
- When you own a machine that you use for your business and you reduce the value of the asset on your accounting records each year, this is an example of when you depreciate the value.
transitive verbdepreciated, depreciating
- to reduce in value or price
- to make seem less important; belittle; disparage
Origin of depreciateMiddle English depreciaten ; from Late Latin depretiatus, past participle of depretiare, to lower the price of (in Ecclesiastical Late Latin to make light of) ; from Classical Latin de-, from + pretiare, to value ; from pretium, price
verbde·pre·ci·at·ed, de·pre·ci·at·ing, de·pre·ci·ates
- To lessen the price or value of: An increase in the supply of money depreciated the currency.
- To write off an expenditure for (a tangible asset) by prorating over a certain period, usually the estimated useful life of the asset.
- To think or speak of as being of little worth; belittle. See Synonyms at disparage. See Usage Note at deprecate.
Origin of depreciateMedieval Latin dēpreciāre, dēpreciāt-, alteration of Latin dēpretiāre : dē-, de- + pretium, price; see per-5 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present depreciates, present participle depreciating, simple past and past participle depreciated)
- To lessen in price or estimated value; to lower the worth of; to represent as of little value or claim to esteem; to undervalue.
- (intransitive) To decline in value over time.
- To belittle.
- Do not confuse with deprecate, which means 'to disapprove of'. The meaning of deprecate has lately been encroaching on depreciate in the sense 'to belittle'.