appreciate

[ uh-pree-shee-eyt ]
/ əˈpri ʃiˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), ap·pre·ci·at·ed, ap·pre·ci·at·ing.

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), ap·pre·ci·at·ed, ap·pre·ci·at·ing.

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

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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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appreciate

/ (əˈpriːʃɪˌeɪt, -sɪ-) /

verb (mainly tr)

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

Derived Forms

appreciator, noun

Word Origin for appreciate

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