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Definition of depreciate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they depreciate
    he / she / it depreciates
    past simple depreciated
    -ing form depreciating
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  1. 1[intransitive] to become less valuable over a period of time New cars start to depreciate as soon as they are on the road. Shares continued to depreciate on the stock markets today. opposite appreciate
  2. 2[transitive] depreciate something (business) to reduce the value, as stated in the company's accounts, of a particular asset over a particular period of time The bank depreciates PCs over a period of five years.
  3. 3[transitive] depreciate something (formal) to make something seem unimportant or of no value I had no intention of depreciating your contribution.
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noun [uncountable] currency depreciation the depreciation of fixed assets
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