[ 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.

  1. to be fully conscious of; be aware of; detect: to appreciate the dangers of a situation.

  2. 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.

Origin of appreciate

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 -ate1)

Other words from appreciate

  • 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use appreciate in a sentence

  • Here are some more of these full-bodied writings and sayings that only this vigorous appreciator could bring us for so many years.

  • Any piece that is not utterly, hopelessly valueless is sure to find some appreciator in the end.

    The Footlights Fore and Aft | Channing Pollock
  • According as he identifies himself with the thing outside of him, the child is the first appreciator.

    The Gate of Appreciation | Carleton Noyes
  • The final meaning of art to the appreciator lies in just this sense of its relation to his own experience.

    The Gate of Appreciation | Carleton Noyes
  • He is at once the artist translated into simpler terms and the appreciator raised to a higher power of perception and response.

    The Gate of Appreciation | Carleton Noyes
  • To mediate between the artist and the appreciator, the critic must understand the artist and he must feel with the appreciator.

    The Gate of Appreciation | Carleton Noyes

British Dictionary definitions for appreciate


/ (əˈpriːʃɪˌeɪt, -sɪ-) /

verb(mainly tr)
  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

  1. to value highly: to appreciate Shakespeare

  2. (usually intr) to raise or increase in value

Origin of appreciate

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

Derived forms of appreciate

  • appreciator, noun

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