depreciate

Something depreciates when it loses value. If you bought shares of a company for $10 each a year ago and now they’re worth $1 each, guess what: they have depreciated.

One of the most frustrating things about buying a car is the way it loses value. As soon as you drive it off the lot, your new car has already depreciated by several thousand dollars. Though usually used like this as a financial term, depreciate can also be used as the similar-sounding but unrelated word deprecate meaning "to belittle, lower in esteem." Your teachers should not depreciate you just because you don't always know the answers to their questions!

Definitions of depreciate
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v lose in value

“The dollar depreciated again”
Synonyms:
devaluate, devalue, undervalue
Antonyms:
appreciate, apprise, apprize, revalue
gain in value
appreciate, apprise, apprize
increase the value of
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Type of:
decrease, diminish, fall, lessen
decrease in size, extent, or range

v lower the value of something

“The Fed depreciated the dollar once again”
Synonyms:
devaluate, devalue, undervalue
lose in value
Antonyms:
appreciate, apprise, apprize
increase the value of
appreciate, apprise, apprize, revalue
gain in value
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Types:
expense, write down, write off
reduce the estimated value of something
Type of:
devalue
lower the value or quality of

v belittle

Synonyms:
deprecate, vilipend
Types:
deflate, puncture
reduce or lessen the size or importance of
Type of:
belittle, disparage, pick at
express a negative opinion of

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