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depreciateverb [T]

 us   /dɪˈpri·ʃIˌeɪt, -ˈprɪʃ·i-/
to ​cause something to ​losevalue, esp. over ​time: Malawi’s ​currency was ​rapidly depreciating.
depreciation
noun [U]  us   /dɪˌpri·ʃiˈeɪ·ʃən, -ˌprɪʃ·i-/
The dollar’s depreciation will ​lead to ​higherinflation and ​interestrates, ​hurting the ​economy.
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depreciateverb [I or T]

uk   /dɪˈpriː.ʃi.eɪt/  us   /dɪˈpriː.ʃi.eɪt/
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depreciateverb

uk   us   /dɪˈpriːʃieɪt/
[T] ACCOUNTING, TAX when a ​company depreciates an ​asset, such as a ​piece of ​equipment, it ​reduces its ​value in its ​accounts over a ​certain length of ​time: Machine ​tools are typically depreciated over seven ​years.
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[I or T] MONEY, FINANCE if a ​currency depreciates or is depreciated, it ​losesvalue in comparison with other ​currencies: The ​governmentallowed the ​currency to depreciate by 4% to 5% a ​year to ​boost Indonesia's ​exportcompetitiveness. In the ​shortterm the ​euro is expected to depreciate against the ​dollar.
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[I] to ​losevalue: The ​value of a ​real antique ​increases over the ​years, but a ​reproduction immediately depreciates in ​value.
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