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 Dictionary entry overview: What does depreciation mean? 

  The noun DEPRECIATION has 3 senses:

1. a decrease in price or value
2. decrease in value of an asset due to obsolescence or use
3. a communication that belittles somebody or something

  Familiarity information: DEPRECIATION used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1depreciation [BACK TO TOP]


A decrease in price or value

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

depreciation of the dollar against the yen

Hypernyms ("depreciation" is a kind of...):

decrease; diminution; reduction; step-down (the act of decreasing or reducing something)


appreciation (an increase in price or value)

Sense 2depreciation [BACK TO TOP]


Decrease in value of an asset due to obsolescence or use

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession


wear and tear; depreciation

Hypernyms ("depreciation" is a kind of...):

non-cash expense (an expense (such as depreciation) that is not paid for in cash)

financial loss (loss of money or decrease in financial value)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "depreciation"):

straight-line method; straight-line method of depreciation ((accounting) a method of calculating depreciation by taking an equal amount of the asset's cost as an expense for each year of the asset's useful life)

write-down; write-off ((accounting) reduction in the book value of an asset)

Sense 3depreciation [BACK TO TOP]


A communication that belittles somebody or something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


derogation; disparagement; depreciation

Hypernyms ("depreciation" is a kind of...):

discourtesy; disrespect (an expression of lack of respect)

Domain member usage:

effeminacy; effeminateness; sissiness; softness; unmanliness; womanishness (the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man))

Moonie ((offensive) a member of the Unification Church)

suit (a businessman dressed in a business suit)

tree hugger (derogatory term for environmentalists who support restrictions on the logging industry and the preservation of forests)

touchy-feely ((often derogatory) openly expressing love and affection (especially through physical contact))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "depreciation"):

cold water (disparagement of a plan or hope or expectation)

belittling; denigration (a belittling comment)

aspersion; slur (a disparaging remark)

detraction; petty criticism (a petty disparagement)

sour grapes (disparagement of something that is unattainable)

condescension; disdain; patronage (a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient)

calumniation; calumny; defamation; hatchet job; obloquy; traducement (a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions)

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