• (British) IPA: /ˈdɛpɹɪkeɪt/, IPA: /ˈdɛpɹəkeɪt/

deprecate (deprecates, present participle deprecating; past and past participle deprecated)

  1. (transitive) To belittle or express disapproval of.
    He deprecates any praise of his own merits.
    They deprecated the attempt to deny aid to homeless people.
    She deprecated any action which might disturb the peace.
  2. (transitive, chiefly, computing) To declare something obsolescent; to recommend against a function, technique, command, etc. that still works but has been replaced.
    • 2003, Dave Evans et al., Perl, CGI, and JavaScript Complete, Sybex, ISBN 0782142133
      A deprecated function works in the currently released version of Perl 5 but may not be supported in future releases of Perl 5.
    The 'bold' tag has been deprecated in favour of the 'strong' tag.
    It is still supported but strongly deprecated.
  3. (archaic, transitive) To pray against.
    • 1701, Nehemiah Grew, Cosmologia Sacra, London: W. Rogers, S. Smith, and B. Walford, page 126:
      And in deprecating of Evil, we make an humble Acknowledgement of Guilt; and of God’s Juſtice in chaſtizing, as well as Clemency, in ſparing the Guilty.
    • 1712, George Smalridge, “A Sermon, Preach’d at the Royal Chapel at St. James’s on Wedneſday, January the 16th, 1711/12”, London: Jonah Bowyer, page 18:
      […] , though the Temporal Judgments which We Deprecate, are not remov’d.
  4. (archaic, transitive) To regret deeply.
Related terms Translations Translations
  • German: als überholt einstufen, als veraltet einstufen
  • Portuguese: descontinuar
  • Russian: приостана́вливать
  • Spanish: descontinuar
  • German: beten dagegen

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