from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To reduce in value over time.
  • v. To belittle

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To fall in value; to become of less worth; to sink in estimation.
  • transitive v. To lessen in price or estimated value; to lower the worth of; to represent as of little value or claim to esteem; to undervalue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lessen the value of; bring down in value or rate: as, to depreciate goods or prices; to depreciate railroad stocks.
  • To undervalue or underrate; represent as of little value or merit, or of less than is commonly supposed; belittle.
  • Synonyms To lower.
  • Disparage, Detract from, etc. (see decry); to traduce, underrate, slur.
  • To fall in value; become of less worth: as, a paper currency will depreciate unless it is convertible into specie; real estate is depreciating.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. belittle
  • v. lower the value of something
  • v. lose in value


Medieval Latin dēpreciāre, dēpreciāt-, alteration of Latin dēpretiāre : dē-, de- + pretium, price; see per-5 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin depretiare, depreciare, to depreciate, from de- + pretium, price (Wiktionary)



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