appreciate


ap·pre·ci·ate

verb \ə-ˈprē-shē-ˌāt, -ˈpri- also -ˈprē-sē-\

: to understand the worth or importance of (something or someone) : to admire and value (something or someone)

: to be grateful for (something)

—used to make a polite request

ap·pre·ci·at·edap·pre·ci·at·ing

Full Definition of APPRECIATE

transitive verb
1
a :  to grasp the nature, worth, quality, or significance of <appreciate the difference between right and wrong>
b :  to value or admire highly <appreciates our work>
c :  to judge with heightened perception or understanding :  be fully aware of <must see it to appreciate it>
d :  to recognize with gratitude <certainly appreciates your kindness>
2
:  to increase the value of
intransitive verb
:  to increase in number or value
ap·pre·ci·a·tor \-ˌā-tər\ noun
ap·pre·cia·to·ry \-ˈprē-shə-ˌtr-ē, -ˈpri-shə-\ adjective

Examples of APPRECIATE

  1. The company strives to make its employees feel appreciated.
  2. Living in the city has taught me to appreciate the differences between people.
  3. Those who appreciate fine wine will enjoy reading the restaurant's wine list.
  4. I really appreciated the information you gave me.
  5. Your help the other day was greatly appreciated.
  6. The tiny creature contributes to its ecosystem in ways we are only just beginning to appreciate.
  7. I don't think you appreciate the complexity of the situation.
  8. I appreciate what the artist is trying to do, but I think the painting fails to do it.
  9. Given that scarcity and the anticipated growth of high-end wine consumption in the United States, they believe the value of quality vineyards will appreciate significantly. —Daniel Sogg, Wine Spectator, 15 June 2008

Origin of APPRECIATE

Late Latin appretiatus, past participle of appretiare, from Latin ad- + pretium price — more at price
First Known Use: 1655

Synonym Discussion of APPRECIATE

appreciate, value, prize, treasure, cherish mean to hold in high estimation. appreciate often connotes sufficient understanding to enjoy or admire a thing's excellence <appreciates fine wine>. value implies rating a thing highly for its intrinsic worth <values our friendship>. prize implies taking a deep pride in something one possesses <Americans prize their freedom>. treasure emphasizes jealously safeguarding something considered precious <a treasured memento>. cherish implies a special love and care for something <cherishes her children above all>.

Rhymes with APPRECIATE

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