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devalue

verb
 
 
/ˌdiːˈvæljuː/
[I or T] FINANCE, ECONOMICS to reduce the rate at which one currency can be exchanged for another: It caused a major crisis when the pound was devalued. The banking system was in trouble before the government was forced to devalue.
[I] FINANCE, ECONOMICS to become less valuable: There are several reasons why the pound has devalued against the euro.
[T] to make someone or something seem to be of less value or importance: Let us not devalue the work that he has done. Foreclosures devalue nearby homes and entire neighborhoods.
(Definition of devalue from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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