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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
Synonym Study
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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for appreciator
Historical Examples
  • But the appreciator has yet to penetrate art's inmost secret.

    The Gate of Appreciation Carleton Noyes
  • In the actual presence of the picture the appreciator's experience is complex.

    The Gate of Appreciation Carleton Noyes
  • Art exists not only for the artist's sake but for the appreciator too.

    The Gate of Appreciation Carleton Noyes
  • For the artist it is creation by expression; for the appreciator it is creation by evocation.

    The Gate of Appreciation Carleton Noyes
  • To the appreciator the arts of form carry a twofold significance.

    The Gate of Appreciation Carleton Noyes
  • The value of the subject to the appreciator, however, is not immediately clear.

    The Gate of Appreciation Carleton Noyes
  • The task of the appreciator, then, is to develop his capacity to receive and enjoy.

    The Enjoyment of Art Carleton Noyes
  • They say this because I am an appreciator of Voltaire and his expose of the hypocrites of his day.

  • It was my work to hunt them out and bring them to him as to one who was an appreciator.

    A Woman's Burden Fergus Hume
  • The task of the appreciator, correspondingly, is to receive the artist's message in the same terms in which it was conceived.

    The Enjoyment of Art Carleton Noyes
British Dictionary definitions for appreciator


/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 appreciator



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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