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[ uh-pree-shee-eyt ]

verb (used with object)

, ap·pre·ci·at·ed, ap·pre·ci·at·ing.
  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)

, ap·pre·ci·at·ed, ap·pre·ci·at·ing.
  1. to increase in value:

    Property values appreciated yearly.


/ əˈpriːʃɪˌeɪt; -sɪ- /


  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 intr to raise or increase in value

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Derived Forms

  • apˈpreciˌator, noun

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Other Words From

  • ap·pre·ci·at·ing·ly adverb
  • ap·pre·ci·a·tor noun
  • self-ap·pre·ci·at·ing adjective
  • un·ap·pre·ci·at·ing adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of appreciate1

First recorded in 1645–55; from Medieval Latin appreciātus “valued, appraised,” from Late Latin appretiātus, past participle of appretiāre “to appraise” (equivalent to Latin ap- ap- 1 + preti(um) price + -ātus -ate 1 )

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Word History and Origins

Origin of appreciate1

C17: from Medieval Latin appretiāre to value, prize, from Latin pretium price

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Example Sentences

I wrote about how much I appreciate that kind of sweet kookiness in comedies — the sort of story ideas you simply can’t imagine a filmmaker pitching today, let alone a studio executive greenlighting.

From Vox

This is a Mustang, after all, so that is important to the people who appreciate that heritage.

We have a card that was specifically planned to espouse how fast life moves, and how we may forget to stop and say, “I appreciate you.”

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It was a true lightswitch wine for me, and helped me understand and appreciate grower Champagne in a deeper way.

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That’s one thing Kramon appreciates, even on the most painful calls.

He was getting another lesson in what he had seemed not to appreciate fully about cops.

She fails to appreciate the congressional and constitutional obstacles Johnson had to overcome to win passage of the bill.

What I appreciate is, they are respectful of the democratic process.

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But this is shaping up to be the hottest product of the year, so your favorite techie will surely appreciate an I.O.U from Santa.

The pupil will appreciate its practical value the moment he masters the key to it.

He, who knows the dangers and necessities we were in, will appreciate the joy we felt and that we feel at its arrival.

No one could appreciate better than ourselves the unpleasant possibilities that stared us in the face.

It is just this joyous, care-free nature of the Irish that the stolid Englishman will never learn to appreciate.

We say—mark this, in order to appreciate a display of the true genius of statesmanship.


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When To Use

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To appreciate something is to value or regard it highly. How is appreciate different from esteem, value, and prize? Learn more on