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

  • n. A decrease or loss in value, as because of age, wear, or market conditions.
  • n. Accounting An allowance made for a loss in value of property.
  • n. Reduction in the purchasing value of money.
  • n. An instance of disparaging or belittlement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being depreciated.
  • n. The decline in value of assets.
  • n. The measurement of the decline in value of assets. Not to be confused with impairment, which is the measurement of the unplanned, extraordinary decline in value of assets.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of lessening, or seeking to lessen, price, value, or reputation.
  • n. The falling of value; reduction of worth.
  • n. the state of being depreciated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of lessening or bringing down price or value.
  • n. A fall in value; reduction of worth.
  • n. A belittling or running down of value or merit; conscious undervaluation or underestimation of the merits of a person, action, or thing; unfavorable judgment or scant praise: as, he is much given to the depreciation of even his best friends.

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

  • n. decrease in value of an asset due to obsolescence or use
  • n. a decrease in price or value
  • n. a communication that belittles somebody or something


See depreciate. (Wiktionary)



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