Definitions for appreciateəˈpri ʃiˌeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ap•pre•ci•ate*əˈpri ʃiˌeɪt(v.)-at•ed, -at•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to be grateful or thankful for:

    They appreciated his thoughtfulness.

  2. to value or regard highly; place a high estimate on:

    to appreciate good wine.

  3. to be fully conscious of; be aware of; detect:

    to appreciate the dangers of a situation.

  4. to raise in value.

  5. (v.i.)to increase in value:

    Property values appreciated yearly.

* Syn: appreciate , esteem , value , prize imply holding a person or thing in high regard. To appreciate is to exercise wise judgment, delicate perception, and keen insight in realizing worth: to appreciate fine workmanship. To esteem is to feel respect combined with a warm, kindly sensation: to esteem one's former teacher. To value is to attach importance because of worth or usefulness: I value your opinion. To prize is to value highly and cherish: to prize a collection of rare books.

Origin of appreciate:

1645–55; < LL appretiātus, ptp. of appretiāre to put a price on = ap- ap-1+pretiumprice


Princeton's WordNet

  1. appreciate(verb)

    recognize with gratitude; be grateful for

  2. appreciate, take account(verb)

    be fully aware of; realize fully

    "Do you appreciate the full meaning of this letter?"

  3. prize, value, treasure, appreciate(verb)

    hold dear

    "I prize these old photographs"

  4. appreciate, apprize, apprise, revalue(verb)

    gain in value

    "The yen appreciated again!"

  5. appreciate, apprize, apprise(verb)

    increase the value of

    "The Germans want to appreciate the Deutsche Mark"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. appreciate(verb)əˈpri ʃiˌeɪt

    to be grateful for and value sth

    Thanks, I appreciate your help.; He doesn't appreciate her.

  2. appreciateəˈpri ʃiˌeɪt

    to realize and understand

    We appreciate how difficult it is.; I appreciate that you are busy.

  3. appreciateəˈpri ʃiˌeɪt

    ≠ depreciate

    House prices are appreciating.


  1. appreciate(Verb)

    to be grateful or thankful for.

    I appreciate your efforts

  2. appreciate(Verb)

    to view as valuable.

    You must learn to appreciate time

  3. appreciate(Verb)

    to be fully conscious of; be aware of; detect.

    To test the power of bees to appreciate color.

  4. appreciate(Verb)

    to increase in value.

    The value of his portfolio appreciated by 80% over eight years.

  5. Origin: Originated 1645–55 from appreciatus, from appretiatus, from ap- (form of ad-) + pretium (English precious) + -ate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Appreciate(verb)

    to set a price or value on; to estimate justly; to value

  2. Appreciate(verb)

    to raise the value of; to increase the market price of; -- opposed to depreciate

  3. Appreciate(verb)

    to be sensible of; to distinguish

  4. Appreciate(verb)

    to rise in value. [See note under Rise, v. i.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'appreciate' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3874

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'appreciate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2126

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'appreciate' in Verbs Frequency: #437

Translations for appreciate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to be grateful for (something)

I appreciate all your hard work.

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