appreciate

verb
ap·​pre·​ci·​ate | \ ə-ˈprē-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce appreciate (audio) , -ˈpri- How to pronounce appreciate (audio) also -ˈprē-sē- \
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 \ ə-​ˈprē-​shē-​ˌā-​tər How to pronounce appreciate (audio) , -​ˈpri-​ also  -​ˈprē-​sē-​ \ noun
appreciatory \ ə-​ˈprē-​shə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce appreciate (audio) , ə-​ˈpri-​shə-​ How to pronounce appreciate (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Don’t give your power away to those who don’t appreciate you. Meghan Rose, Glamour, "Scorpio Tarot Horoscopes: January 2021," 1 Jan. 2021 Cauvin, who’s of mixed race heritage (Haitian on his father’s side, Irish on his mother’s), didn’t appreciate the accusations that followed. Los Angeles Times, "What comes next for a Donald Trump impersonator? J-L Cauvin has thoughts," 17 Dec. 2020 Who wouldn’t appreciate the ability to be able to add to the collection themselves via a gift certificate? Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "These gifts for gardeners can be wrapped and put under the Christmas tree," 10 Dec. 2020 The limited series certainly stands on its own, but those who've read the source material might appreciate it on another level. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How to Watch A Suitable Boy, Mira Nair's New Period Drama," 7 Dec. 2020 Or King Lear, railing against those who do not love and appreciate him sufficiently? New York Times, "Trump’s Final Days of Rage and Denial," 5 Dec. 2020 The controller works nicely with mobile games that have game-controller support (and benefit from it) and anybody who plays a lot of games on a phone would appreciate it as a gift. Cnet, SFChronicle.com, "Best holiday gifts under $100," 4 Dec. 2020 His low-key leadership style doesn’t draw much attention, but his teammates appreciate it. Tom Orsborn, ExpressNews.com, "Spurs’ youngsters mix well with thirtysomething gang," 3 Dec. 2020 The county instead should give residents back their money, something the public likely would appreciate much more in these tough financial times, said Dominic Calabro, the CEO of Florida TaxWatch, a nonprofit government watchdog group. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, "‘Willy-nilly’ spending: Critics slam plan to use taxpayer money to back Black Lives Matter and charities," 21 Nov. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'appreciate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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 entry 1

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The first known use of appreciate was in 1653

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Cite this Entry

“Appreciate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appreciate. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for appreciate

appreciate

verb
How to pronounce appreciate (audio) How to pronounce appreciate (audio)

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.

Choose the Right Synonym for appreciate

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.

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 appreciate (audio) \ noun

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