Depreciate meaning

dĭ-prēshē-āt
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.

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To lessen the price or value of.

An increase in the supply of money depreciated the currency.

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To write off an expenditure for (a tangible asset) by prorating over a certain period, usually the estimated useful life of the asset.
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To diminish in price or value.
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To reduce in value or price.
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To make seem less important; belittle; disparage.
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To drop in value or price.
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To lessen in price or estimated value; to lower the worth of; to represent as of little value or claim to esteem; to undervalue.
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(intransitive) To decline in value over time.
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To think or speak of as being of little worth; belittle.
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Origin of depreciate

  • Medieval Latin dēpreciāre dēpreciāt- alteration of Latin dēpretiāre dē- de- pretium price per-5 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin depretiare, depreciare, to depreciate, from de- + pretium, price

    From Wiktionary