- 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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Examples from the Web for appreciate
He was getting another lesson in what he had seemed not to appreciate fully about cops.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
She fails to appreciate the congressional and constitutional obstacles Johnson had to overcome to win passage of the bill.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
What I appreciate is, they are respectful of the democratic process.NYC’s Garner Protesters vs. Pro-Cop Protesters
December 20, 2014
But I think, nevertheless, it has made me appreciate his sheer ability.Napoleon Was a Dynamite Dictator
November 7, 2014
Each side can appreciate some but not all aspects of decentralization.Relax—Both Parties Are Going Extinct
November 4, 2014
Flossy, dear Flossy, this is such a difference as even you cannot appreciate!
Mr. Roberts, at least, was prepared to appreciate its transformation.
"Anyhow, I appreciate that hat," was the reply, with a dry chuckle.Within the Law
This is what the commentators and critics hitherto have failed to appreciate.The Man Shakespeare
We should regard and appreciate them as a precious gift of God.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
- 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
Word Origin and History for appreciate
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