- 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.
- to increase in value: Property values appreciated yearly.
Origin of appreciate
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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I fear, too, that he was incapable of appreciating it for reasons other than political.Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
Nothing now prevented her from appreciating the view to the full.Nobody
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But he was not capable of appreciating how far the girl was gone on the fellow.'Twixt Land & Sea
It was a view which the sympathetic Davidson was capable of appreciating.Victory
I made no sign of appreciating this rather penetrating suggestion.The King's Mirror
- to feel thankful or grateful forto appreciate a favour
- (may take a clause as object) to take full or sufficient account ofto appreciate a problem
- to value highlyto appreciate Shakespeare
- (usually intr) to raise or increase in value
C17: from Medieval Latin appretiāre to value, prize, from Latin pretium price
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Word Origin and History for appreciating
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