Definitions for: Depreciate

[v] lose in value; "The dollar depreciated again"
[v] lower the value of something; "The Fed depreciated the dollar once again"
[v] belittle; "The teacher should not deprecate his student's efforts"

Webster (1913) Definition: De*pre"ci*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Depreciated;
p. pr. & vb. n. Depreciating.] [L. depretiatus,
depreciatus, p. p. of depretiare, -ciare, to depreciate; de-
+ pretiare to prize, fr. pretium price. See Price.]
To lessen in price or estimated value; to lower the worth of;
to represent as of little value or claim to esteem; to
undervalue. --Addison.

Which . . . some over-severe phoilosophers may look
upon fastidiously, or undervalue and depreciate.

To prove that the Americans ought not to be free, we
are obliged to depreciate the value of freedom itself.

Syn: To decry; disparage; traduce; lower; detract; underrate.
See Decry.

De*pre"ci*ate, v. i.
To fall in value; to become of less worth; to sink in
estimation; as, a paper currency will depreciate, unless it
is convertible into specie.

Synonyms: deprecate, devaluate, devalue, undervalue

Antonyms: appreciate, apprise, apprize, revalue

See Also: belittle, decrease, deflate, diminish, disparage, fall, lessen, pick at, puncture, write off

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