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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
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  • Our unemancipated, unappreciated Martha was quite delightful to us.

    The Retrospect Ada Cambridge
  • A blessing which is easily won is likely to be unappreciated.

    Sermons Clement Bailhache
  • He was suffering from that dreadful, hopeless anger which falls upon the unappreciated.

  • It is part of woman's lot to do a large amount of unappreciated work.

    The Home at Greylock Elizabeth Prentiss
  • He was not for ever complaining that he was unappreciated and underestimated.

    Joyous Gard Arthur Christopher Benson
  • Nor can you find that they were unappreciated by their contemporaries.

  • All her efforts were unappreciated and misunderstood, and it was a hard task to follow out what she conceived to be her duty.

    Walt Whitman in Mickle Street Elizabeth Leavitt Keller
  • He began to see himself as a wronged and unappreciated father.

    Poor White Sherwood Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for unappreciated


/ˌʌnəˈpriːʃɪˌeɪtɪd, -sɪ-/
not given or shown thanks or gratitude
Derived Forms
unappreciative, adjective


/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
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Word Origin and History for unappreciated

1809, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of 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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