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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
  1. verb
    lose in value
    “The dollar depreciated again”
    synonyms: devaluate, devalue, undervalue
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    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
  2. verb
    lower the value of something
    “The Fed depreciated the dollar once again”
    Synonyms:
    devaluate, devalue, undervalue
    lose in value
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    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
  3. verb
    belittle
    synonyms: deprecate, vilipend
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    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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