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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Late Latin
Origin: depretiare, from Latin pretium 'price'

depreciate

verb
     
de‧pre‧ci‧ate
1 [intransitive] to decrease in value or price [≠ appreciate]:
New cars depreciate in value quickly.
2 [transitive] technical to reduce the value of something over time, especially for tax purposes:
Company computers are depreciated at 50% per year.
3 [transitive] formal to make something seem unimportant:
those who depreciate the importance of art in education

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