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 Latinappreciātus valued, appraised, Late Latinappretiātus (past participle of appretiāre) appraised, equivalent to Latinap-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
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.
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.