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[uh-pree-shee-eyt] /əˈpri ʃiˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), appreciated, appreciating.
to be grateful or thankful for:
They appreciated his thoughtfulness.
to value or regard highly; place a high estimate on:
to appreciate good wine.
to be fully conscious of; be aware of; detect:
to appreciate the dangers of a situation.
to raise in value.
verb (used without object), appreciated, appreciating.
to increase in value:
Property values appreciated yearly.
Origin of appreciate
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
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I appreciate your sympathy, but what I need is action and information and answers.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • Flossy, dear Flossy, this is such a difference as even you cannot appreciate!

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Unused are not likely to depreciate, and they may appreciate.

    Stamp Collecting as a Pastime Edward J. Nankivell
  • "Anyhow, I appreciate that hat," was the reply, with a dry chuckle.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • We have failed to appreciate that the Indian, in being driven from his lands, has retaliated from motives of patriotism.

    Stories of the Badger State Reuben Gold Thwaites
British Dictionary definitions for appreciate


/əˈpriːʃɪˌeɪt; -sɪ-/
verb (mainly transitive)
to feel thankful or grateful for: to appreciate a favour
(may take a clause as object) to take full or sufficient account of: to appreciate a problem
to value highly: to appreciate Shakespeare
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for appreciate

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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