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English definition of “deprecate”

deprecate

verb uk   /ˈdep.rə.keɪt/ formal us  

deprecate verb (NOT APPROVE)

[T not continuous] to not approve of something or say that you do not approve of something: We deprecate this use of company funds for political purposes.

deprecate verb (NOT VALUE)

[T] to say that you think something is of little value or importance: He always deprecates my achievements.
deprecation
noun [U] uk   /ˌdep.rəˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us  
(Definition of deprecate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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