Definition of appreciate
- appreciate the difference between right and wrong
- She appreciates our work.
- must see it to appreciate it
- I appreciate your kindness.
- Your investment should appreciate over time.
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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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.
synonyms see in addition understand
: 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
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