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amortize

verb [T] (UK also amortise)
 
 
/əˈmɔːtaɪz/
ACCOUNTING, TAX to spread the value or cost of an asset in accounts over a number of years: amortize sth over sth Companies use depreciation to amortize fixed assets over their usable life. The value of the machinery is amortized over its estimated useful life. → Compare depreciate
to reduce a debt by paying small regular amounts: When asked what tolls would be required to amortize the payments under the contracts, he said the figures were astronomical.
amortization ( UK also amortisation) /əˌmɔːtɪˈzeɪʃən/ US   /æmˌɔːrṱə-/ noun [U]
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