depreciate Definition

  • 1diminish in value over a period of time
  • 2belittle or express disapproval of

Using depreciate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "depreciate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The value of the car has depreciated by 20% since it was bought.

  • Example

    The company's assets have been depreciating for years.

  • Example

    He constantly depreciates her efforts, making her feel worthless.

  • Example

    She doesn't like to be depreciated in front of others.

depreciate Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for depreciate

Idioms Using depreciate

  • depreciate in value

    to decrease in worth or value over time


    The house has depreciated in value since the economic downturn.

  • to belittle oneself to the point of becoming insignificant or irrelevant


    If you keep depreciating yourself like that, you'll soon depreciate yourself out of existence.

  • to cause the value of a currency to fall in relation to other currencies


    The government's decision to print more money has led to the depreciation of the currency.

Phrases with depreciate

  • self-depreciation

    the act of belittling or undervaluing oneself


    His constant self-depreciation is a sign of low self-esteem.

  • humor that involves making fun of oneself or others in a playful or teasing manner


    His depreciating humor always lightens up the mood in the room.

  • the rate at which an asset loses its value over time


    The depreciation rate of the car is 10% per year.

Origins of depreciate

from Late Latin 'depretiare', meaning 'to lower the price of'


Summary: depreciate in Brief

'Depreciate' [dɪˈpriːʃieɪt] is a verb that means to diminish in value over time or to belittle or express disapproval of someone or something. It can refer to the loss of value of an asset, as in 'The value of the car has depreciated by 20% since it was bought,' or to the act of putting someone down, as in 'He constantly depreciates her efforts, making her feel worthless.' 'Depreciate' also appears in phrases like 'depreciating humor,' and idioms like 'depreciate in value,' meaning to decrease in worth over time.