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appreciate

verb

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1 to become greater in extent, volume, amount, or number
  • the value of that antique should appreciate over time

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2 to hold dear
  • I appreciate my parents more than I can express

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3 to have a clear idea of
  • I hope you appreciate just how much that collector's CD costs

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4 to think very highly or favorably of
  • many great artists and musicians have not been appreciated in their own lifetimes

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Frequently Asked Questions About appreciate

How is the word appreciate different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of appreciate are cherish, prize, treasure, and value. While all these words mean "to hold in high estimation," appreciate often connotes sufficient understanding to enjoy or admire a thing's excellence.

appreciates fine wine

When could cherish be used to replace appreciate?

In some situations, the words cherish and appreciate are roughly equivalent. However, cherish implies a special love and care for something.

cherishes her children above all

When can prize be used instead of appreciate?

Although the words prize and appreciate have much in common, prize implies taking a deep pride in something one possesses.

Americans prize their freedom

In what contexts can treasure take the place of appreciate?

The words treasure and appreciate are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, treasure emphasizes jealously safeguarding something considered precious.

a treasured memento

When would value be a good substitute for appreciate?

While the synonyms value and appreciate are close in meaning, value implies rating a thing highly for its intrinsic worth.

values our friendship

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The first known use of appreciate was in 1653

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“Appreciate.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/appreciate. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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