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appreciate

[uh-pree-shee-eyt] /əˈpri ʃiˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), appreciated, appreciating.
1.
to be grateful or thankful for:
They appreciated his thoughtfulness.
2.
to value or regard highly; place a high estimate on:
to appreciate good wine.
3.
to be fully conscious of; be aware of; detect:
to appreciate the dangers of a situation.
4.
to raise in value.
verb (used without object), appreciated, appreciating.
5.
to increase in value:
Property values appreciated yearly.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Medieval Latin appreciātus valued, appraised, Late Latin appretiātus (past participle of appretiāre) appraised, equivalent to Latin ap- ap-1 + preti(um) price + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
appreciatingly, adverb
appreciator, noun
self-appreciating, adjective
unappreciated, adjective
unappreciating, adjective
well-appreciated, adjective
Synonyms
2. Appreciate, esteem, prize, value imply holding something in high regard. To appreciate is to exercise wise judgment, delicate perception, and keen insight in realizing the worth of something. To esteem is to feel respect combined with a warm, kindly feeling. To value is to attach importance to a thing because of its worth (material or otherwise). To prize is to value highly and cherish.
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  • Only a small subculture of specialists fully appreciate this highly technical science.
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  • But to really appreciate the diversity of life here, you'd have to visit after the sun goes down.
  • So I would appreciate it if you not insult me and call me childish names, it is really uncalled for.
  • Your ability to appreciate pleasures would be muted if you are constantly worried about how to pay your bills.
  • You don't have to be a teenager to appreciate teen movies.
  • Only when one has been out west can you appreciate the colors.
  • We appreciate your giving us an hour today.
  • If anyone can give me an idea I would appreciate it.
  • This method is good for crops that don't appreciate overhead watering.
British Dictionary definitions for appreciate

appreciate

/əˈpriːʃɪˌeɪt; -sɪ-/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
to feel thankful or grateful for: to appreciate a favour
2.
(may take a clause as object) to take full or sufficient account of: to appreciate a problem
3.
to value highly: to appreciate Shakespeare
4.
(usually intransitive) to raise or increase in value
Derived Forms
appreciator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin appretiāre to value, prize, from Latin pretiumprice
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Word Origin and History for appreciate
v.

1650s, "to esteem or value highly," from Late Latin appretiatus, past participle of appretiare "to set a price to" (see appraise). Meaning "to rise in value" (intransitive) first recorded 1789. Related: Appreciated; appreciating.

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