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appreciate

[uh-pree-shee-eyt]
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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.
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verb (used without object), ap·pre·ci·at·ed, ap·pre·ci·at·ing.
  1. to increase in value: Property values appreciated yearly.
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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 formsap·pre·ci·at·ing·ly, adverbap·pre·ci·a·tor, nounself-ap·pre·ci·at·ing, adjectiveun·ap·pre·ci·at·ed, adjectiveun·ap·pre·ci·at·ing, adjectivewell-ap·pre·ci·at·ed, adjective

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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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Related Words

enjoywelcomeacknowledgeenhancegainimprovefathomreadrecognizeperceivecomprehendunderstandknowgrasprealizeregardlovelikesavortreasure

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  • I fear, too, that he was incapable of appreciating it for reasons other than political.

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    Henry Fielding

  • Nothing now prevented her from appreciating the view to the full.

    Nobody

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • But he was not capable of appreciating how far the girl was gone on the fellow.

  • It was a view which the sympathetic Davidson was capable of appreciating.

    Victory

    Joseph Conrad

  • I made no sign of appreciating this rather penetrating suggestion.

    The King's Mirror

    Anthony Hope


British Dictionary definitions for appreciating

appreciate

verb (mainly tr)
  1. to feel thankful or grateful forto appreciate a favour
  2. (may take a clause as object) to take full or sufficient account ofto appreciate a problem
  3. to value highlyto appreciate Shakespeare
  4. (usually intr) to raise or increase in value
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Derived Formsappreciator, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin appretiāre to value, prize, from Latin pretium price
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Word Origin and History for appreciating

appreciate

v.

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.

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