Thesaurus

appreciate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of appreciate

  1. 1 to become greater in extent, volume, amount, or number the value of that antique should appreciate over time Synonyms of appreciate accelerate, accumulate, increase, balloon, boom, build up, burgeon (also bourgeon), climb, enlarge, escalate, expand, gain, mount, multiply, mushroom, proliferate, rise, roll up, snowball, spread, swell, waxWords Related to appreciate jump, rocket, skyrocket, surge; heighten, intensify, redouble; blow up, bulk, distend, inflate, puff (up); crescendo, crest, peakAntonyms of appreciate contract, decrease, diminish, dwindle, lessen, recede, wane

  2. 2 to hold dear I appreciate my parents more than I can express Synonyms of appreciate love, cherish, prize, treasure, valueWords Related to appreciate delight (in), dig, enjoy, fancy, groove (on), like, relish, revel (in); admire, apprize, esteem, regard, respect, revere, reverence, venerate; enshrine, memorialize; adore, caress, dote (on), idolize, worshipNear Antonyms of appreciate undervalue; abhor, abominate, despise, detest, execrate, hate, loathe; disdain, high-hat, scorn, scout, slight, sniff (at), snub; bad-mouth, belittle, cry down, decry, deprecate, depreciate, disparage, kiss off, minimize, put down, write off; abandon, forget, neglectAntonyms of appreciate disvalue

  3. 3 to have a clear idea of I hope you appreciate just how much that collector's CD costs Synonyms of appreciate comprehend, apprehend, assimilate, behold, catch, catch on (to), cognize, compass, conceive, cotton (to or on to), decipher, decode, dig, discern, get, grasp, grok, intuit, know, make, make out, perceive, recognize, register, savvy, see, seize, sense, tumble (to), twig, understandWords Related to appreciate absorb, digest, take in; realize; fathom, penetrate, pierceNear Antonyms of appreciate misapprehend, misconceive, misconstrue, misinterpret, misperceive, misread, mistake, misunderstandAntonyms of appreciate miss

  4. 4 to think very highly or favorably of many great artists and musicians have not been appreciated in their own lifetimes Synonyms of appreciate admire, consider, esteem, regard, respectWords Related to appreciate acclaim, accredit, applaud, approve, commend, compliment, credit, praise; delight (in), drink (in), enjoy, relish, revel (in), savor (also savour); dig, fancy, favor, groove (on), like, love; adore, adulate, canonize, deify, dote (on), hallow, idolize, revere, reverence, venerate, worship; cherish, love, prize, treasure, valueNear Antonyms of appreciate abhor, abominate, despise, detest, execrate, hate, loathe; condemn, decry, deplore, disapprove, discount, discountenance, disdain, disfavor, dislike, dismiss, disregard, frown (on or upon), kiss off, scorn, vilify

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

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