appreciate

verb
ap·​pre·​ci·​ate | \ ə-ˈprē-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce appreciate (audio) , -ˈpri- also -ˈprē-sē- How to pronounce appreciate (audio) \
appreciated; appreciating

Definition of appreciate

transitive verb

1a : to grasp the nature, worth, quality, or significance of appreciate the difference between right and wrong
b : to value or admire highly She 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 I appreciate your kindness.
2 : to increase the value of

intransitive verb

: to increase in number or value Your investment should appreciate over time.

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Other Words from appreciate

appreciator \ -​ˌā-​tər How to pronounce appreciator (audio) \ noun
appreciatory \ -​ˈprē-​shə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce appreciatory (audio) , -​ˈpri-​shə-​ How to pronounce appreciatory (audio) \ adjective

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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

synonyms see in addition understand

appreciate, treasure, and cherish mean to think very much of something. appreciate is used when a person understands and enjoys the true worth of something. I can appreciate good music. treasure is often used of something of great sentimental value that is thought of as precious and is kept in a safe place. Parents treasure gifts that their children make. cherish is used when a person loves and cares for something very much and often for a long time. We cherished their friendship for many years.

Meanings of Appreciate

Some find it troubling that English is in a constant state of flux, while others take comfort in the in evolving nature of our language. To those in the latter camp, appreciate affords a welcome illustration of how shifts in meaning that were once considered vexatious may become commonly accepted. The grammarian Albert Ayres, writing in the 19th century, said of appreciate that “if any word in the language has cause to complain of ill-treatment, this one has.” Ayres believed the word could only mean what it originally meant, “to set a value on something,” and that its use in a sentence like “I appreciate him highly” was improper. Other self-appointed guardians of the language piled on additional complaints: Edmund Shaftesbury, in his 1897 The Book of Books, held that “Appreciate should not be used for increases in value.” Obviously, we have long since forgotten these quibbles – both senses of appreciate are used regularly, and nobody gives the matter a second thought.

Examples of appreciate in a Sentence

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 The true carnivores in your life will appreciate this gloriously formidable slab of USDA prime meat. Is it worth the equally hefty price? Absolutely. Lobel's dry ages it for six weeks and always ships it fresh-no frozen mystery bricks here-and regardless of how you like your steak done, this porterhouse cooks up beautifully, retains its juices, and delivers rich, buttery flavor. — Kate Fox, Saveur, December 2006 As a married, working woman in her mid-30s who's planning on eventually having children, I truly appreciated reading "Mommy Madness." Over the years, I have observed peers with their children, and have inquired about what parenthood is really like. — Amy Booth, Newsweek, 7 Mar. 2005 I think often of the quiet rigor of my former life. I did not even fully appreciate how much it costs to rent an apartment on the open market. — Martha Southgate, The Fall of Rome, 2002 The company strives to make its employees feel appreciated. Living in the city has taught me to appreciate the differences between people. Those who appreciate fine wine will enjoy reading the restaurant's wine list. I really appreciated the information you gave me. Your help the other day was greatly appreciated. The tiny creature contributes to its ecosystem in ways we are only just beginning to appreciate. I don't think you appreciate the complexity of the situation. I appreciate what the artist is trying to do, but I think the painting fails to do it.
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Steve Rodgers would probably recognize and appreciate something that seems familiar: These trainees are here to learn how to operate their bodies like machines, but the choice to accept that discipline is theirs alone. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Trained With Air Force Human Performance Specialists," 12 Feb. 2019 People need and appreciate an opportunity to escape. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Mahershala Ali on Moonlight, True Detective, and what art can say to 2010s America," 20 Dec. 2018 Kids will love the soft feel and colorful design while parents will appreciate the organic cotton fabric. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Copy Joanna Gaines and Get Baby Crew's Christmas Pajamas for Your Whole Family," 1 Dec. 2018 Anyone who remembers the name Vidkun Quisling will appreciate why this theme might resonate with a Norwegian audience. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Green Politics and Global Instability," 22 Jan. 2019 Fans of the book, as well as of Joseph Cornell–esque assemblages, will appreciate both the store and the museum. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 This simplicity makes the game accessible to any novice, but experts will appreciate how much strategy the game's unique style offers. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Smash Bros. Ultimate review: The best fighting game on any Nintendo system," 6 Dec. 2018 True Disney fans will appreciate the clever product names, while ColourPop devotees can expect to find the same great quality and prices the brand is known for. Jasmine Ting, Good Housekeeping, "Disney and ColourPop Are Releasing the Most Magical Makeup Line," 21 Sep. 2018 Traditionalists will appreciate a straightforward take on the pink faux-fowls of the past; minimalists might like something a little more stripped-down—literally. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Zombie Flamingos Will Scare The Flock Out Of Your Neighbors This Halloween," 20 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of appreciate

1653, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for appreciate

Late Latin appretiatus, past participle of appretiare, from Latin ad- + pretium price — more at price

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appreciate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of appreciate

: 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

appreciate

verb
ap·​pre·​ci·​ate | \ ə-ˈprē-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce appreciate (audio) \
appreciated; appreciating

Kids Definition of appreciate

1 : to be grateful for We appreciate your help.
2 : to admire greatly and with understanding He appreciates poetry.
3 : to be fully aware of I appreciate how important this is.
4 : to increase in number or value Your investment should appreciate in time.

appreciate

verb
ap·​pre·​ci·​ate | \ ə-ˈprē-shē-ˌāt, -ˈpri-, -sē- How to pronounce appreciate (audio) \
appreciated; appreciating

Legal Definition of appreciate

transitive verb

1 : to judge or understand the significance of incapable of appreciating the difference between right and wrong— B. N. Cardozo
2 : to raise the market value of — compare depreciate

intransitive verb

: to rise in market value

Other Words from appreciate

appreciation \ ə-​ˌprē-​shē-​ˈā-​shən, -​ˌpri-​, -​sē-​ How to pronounce appreciation (audio) \ noun

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