verb (used with object), de·pre·ci·at·ed, de·pre·ci·at·ing.
- to reduce the purchasing value of (money).
- to lessen the value or price of.
- to claim depreciation on (a property) for tax purposes.
- to represent as of little value or merit; belittle.
verb (used without object), de·pre·ci·at·ed, de·pre·ci·at·ing.
- to decline in value.
- to reduce or decline in value or price
- (tr) to lessen the value of by derision, criticism, etc; disparage
v.mid-15c., from Latin depretiatus, past participle of depretiare “to lower the price of, undervalue,” from de- “down” (see de-) + pretium “price” (see price (n.)). Related: Depreciated; depreciating; depreciatory.