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

  • transitive v. To lessen or cancel the value of.
  • transitive v. To lower the exchange value of (a currency) by lowering its gold equivalency.
  • intransitive v. To lower the exchange value of a currency by lowering its gold equivalency.

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  • v. To lower or remove the value of something.
  • v. To lose value; to depreciate.

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

  • v. remove the value from; deprive of its value
  • v. lower the value or quality of
  • v. lose in value


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de- +‎ value


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