depreciate
verb (-ated; -ating) Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin depretiatus, past participle of depretiare, from Latin de- + pretium price — more at price Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to lower in estimation or esteem 2. a. to lower the price or estimated value of <
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b. to deduct from taxable income a portion of the original cost of (a business asset) over several years as the value of the asset decreases intransitive verb to fall in value Synonyms: see decrydepreciable adjectivedepreciatingly adverbdepreciation noundepreciative adjectivedepreciator noundepreciatory adjective

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  • depreciate — de·pre·ci·ate /di prē shē ˌāt/ vb at·ed, at·ing vt: to subject to depreciation: lower the value of vi: to fall in value compare appreciate Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Depreciate — De*pre ci*ate (d[ e]*pr[=e] sh[i^]*[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Depreciated} (d[ e]*pr[=e] sh[i^]*[=a] t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Depreciating} (d[ e]*pr[=e] sh[i^]*[=a] t[i^]ng).] [L. depretiatus, depreciatus, p. p. of depretiare, ciare, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Depreciate — De*pre ci*ate, v. i. 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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • depreciate — [v1] devalue, lose value abate, cheapen, decay, decrease, decry, deflate, depress, deteriorate, devalorize, diminish, downgrade, drop, dwindle, erode, fall, lessen, lower, mark down, reduce, soften, underrate, undervalue, worsen, write down,… …   New thesaurus

  • depreciate — (v.) mid 15c., from L. depretiatus, pp. of depretiare to lower the price of, undervalue, from DE (Cf. de ) down (see DE (Cf. de )) + pretium price (see PRICE (Cf. price)). Related: Depreciated; deprec …   Etymology dictionary

  • depreciate — *decry, disparage, derogate, detract, belittle, minimize Analogous words: underestimate, undervalue, underrate (see base words at ESTIMATE): asperse, *malign Antonyms: appreciate Contrasted words: prize, cherish, treasure, value (see APPRECIATE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • depreciate — ► VERB 1) reduce in value over a period of time. 2) disparage or belittle. DERIVATIVES depreciation noun depreciatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin depreciare lower in price, undervalue …   English terms dictionary

  • depreciate — [dē prē′shē āt΄, diprē′shē āt΄] vt. depreciated, depreciating [ME depreciaten < LL depretiatus, pp. of depretiare, to lower the price of (in LL(Ec), to make light of) < L de , from + pretiare, to value < pretium, PRICE] 1. to reduce in… …   English World dictionary

  • Depreciate — To allocate the purchase cost of an asset over its life. The New York Times Financial Glossary * * * depreciate de‧pre‧ci‧ate [dɪˈpriːʆieɪt] verb 1. [intransitive] to decrease in value over a period of time: • If you don t get your car serviced… …   Financial and business terms

  • depreciate — To allocate the purchase cost of an asset over its life. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary * * * depreciate de‧pre‧ci‧ate [dɪˈpriːʆieɪt] verb 1. [intransitive] to decrease in value over a period of time: • If you don t get your car serviced… …   Financial and business terms

  • depreciate — deprecate, depreciate 1. The two words are similar in form and in current use overlap somewhat in meaning, but their origin is different. Deprecate is from Latin deprecari ‘to prevent by prayer’ and its primary current meaning is ‘to express… …   Modern English usage

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