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I think "amortize" does the job.
amortize |?am?r?t?z| |?øm?r?ta?z| |??m??t??z|
verb [ trans. ]
gradually write off the initial cost of (an asset) : they want to
amortize the tooling costs quickly.
That's a bit different from the OED's definition and example:
To extinguish or wipe out (a debt or other liability), usually by
means of a sinking fund, which eventually redeems it.
1882 St. James' Gaz. 3 Feb., They would introduce economies in
order to amortise the Egyptian Debt.
The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to
chance. [Robert R. Coveyou]
More like "so on average I only paid $5 a visit". I see this word
misused all the time and understand just what the speaker meant to say.
The Latin root 'mort' means "death', and one amortizes a loan by paying
it off over time. Buying an item and getting your money's worth is good,
but it's not amortizing.
A friend was spending nearly $100 taking his family to the movies once a
month. By dropping $2000 on a plasma TV, and borrowing 'just released'
DVDs from the library, instead of going to the movies, he figured to
break even in less than two years. But there still was no amortizing
You will probably find most English-speaking people
use the word amortize only for large sums of money
(usually repaid in several or many instalments.) For
amounts so small as $20, they usually speak about
"getting their money's worth."
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