Definition of appreciate in English:



[with object]
  • 1Recognize the full worth of.

    ‘she feels that he does not appreciate her’
    • ‘Maybe it's a bit like having a stuffy, old law prof, who seems nowhere near as exciting as the younger, livelier profs, but somewhere along the line, you just start appreciating him.’
    • ‘She kept her weapon of sarcasm to a bare minimum, something I recognized and appreciated.’
    • ‘She acknowledges that not everyone back home appreciates the very clear Western influence in her music, but she has profound respect for those who do support her.’
    • ‘It was a dead-on show stopper that left me appreciating these California boys who may have lost some of their previous edge on the latest album but who can still play some amazing music!’
    • ‘Lately I have been appreciating him a whole lot more.’
    • ‘They may not appreciate its more challenging content, but they can recognise a cultural asset when they see one.’
    • ‘Aviation is visionary and global, recognised and appreciated by millions of people as a wonderful tool to venture afar.’
    • ‘This was a backhanded compliment: it implied that everyone was capable of appreciating the highest works of art, whatever their class or ethnic background.’
    • ‘The awards have been warmly received by staff who appreciate that some recognition is being given for their hard work over the years.’
    • ‘Our company recognizes, appreciates and benefits from the ideas generated by people from a wide variety of backgrounds and we strive to reflect the communities we serve.’
    • ‘Why can't we all appreciate each other's good qualities and realize we've all got room for improvement as well?’
    • ‘Indian companies are increasingly appreciating the greater relevance of cost of capital in running their businesses.’
    • ‘As many of them can no longer speak the high form of Javanese, these young people have greater constraints in appreciating the traditional Javanese stage show.’
    • ‘More importantly, Master Coaching has given hope to many students who were without hope and not appreciating their own tremendous talents.’
    • ‘It was a look and feel that for many years few people appreciated and even fewer recognized.’
    • ‘I appreciate and recognise that they want to do the best that they can for their people.’
    • ‘But people are very sympathetic and appreciating us being here.’
    • ‘Absolutely, your Honour, and the Court of Appeal appreciated and recognised that fact here.’
    • ‘Using these indicators, I never realized before how much I appreciated Toronto.’
    • ‘It is just another London borough, full of trendy rich people who do not appreciate the better things in life.’
    value, respect, prize, cherish, treasure, admire, hold in high regard, hold in esteem, rate highly, think highly of, think much of, have a high opinion of, set store by, set great store by
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    1. 1.1 Be grateful for (something)
      ‘I'd appreciate any information you could give me’
      • ‘I would appreciate any relevant information as this is a very worrying time for me.’
      • ‘Others love working outdoors and appreciate the fact that they are not sitting at a desk all day.’
      • ‘I would appreciate any information you have on Radar and dangers to health.’
      • ‘I appreciate it that you enjoy my story and take the time to tell me your honest opinion!’
      • ‘We are still trying to trace the owner and would appreciate any information.’
      • ‘It was a hunting lodge, and I would appreciate information about that era and also of what it was before then.’
      • ‘I would really appreciate any information any of you can give me about it.’
      • ‘I want to send her a card just to tell her that I love her and appreciate the things she has done for me.’
      • ‘People are grateful for what I do for them, my colleagues appreciate my professionalism.’
      • ‘You could even be someone who lives abroad who enjoys and appreciates music that comes from Ireland.’
      • ‘Despite all these potentially scaring experiences, I have certainly learned some good things along my way to finding love - like appreciating the good things when they come.’
      • ‘Their support was greatly appreciated and all within the club are grateful for their help and co-operation.’
      • ‘Now I am back in my world and I love it and appreciate it in a way that I never could before.’
      • ‘But how many of them actually enjoyed and appreciated it was the question.’
      • ‘Tullow gardaí have been informed of the incident and would appreciate any information.’
      • ‘He had said that he enjoyed his meal and appreciated the care that went into its preparation.’
      • ‘I've been informed that the family appreciates the condolences of friends and are trying to find ways of burying him back in Bulgaria.’
      • ‘If you have any of the above in your attic, they would gratefully appreciate your permission to use them on their site.’
      • ‘We really appreciated her thoughtfulness and kindness and are very grateful for what she did to help our dog.’
      • ‘If you could help me find him or if anyone has any information they can give me I would greatly appreciate it.’
      be grateful for, be thankful for, give thanks for, be obliged for, be indebted for, be beholden for, be in your debt for, be appreciative of
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  • 2Understand (a situation) fully; grasp the full implications of.

    ‘they failed to appreciate the pressure he was under’
    with clause ‘I appreciate that you cannot be held totally responsible’
    • ‘You don't have to be a nuclear physicist to fully appreciate Copenhagen but it certainly does helps if you are.’
    • ‘Do you think the general public appreciates and fully understands the threats that global warming pose?’
    • ‘Anyone who drives along this road on a regular basis as I do, will fully understand and appreciate what I mean.’
    • ‘Tokyo is of course a maritime city and a great port, but people who visit do not always fully appreciate this.’
    • ‘We fully appreciated the relatively speculative nature of that question.’
    • ‘Only through understanding and appreciating each other's perspective and mission can the conflict between utilitarians and humanitarians be reconciled.’
    • ‘The Court fully understands and appreciates that the first priority of the executive branch in a time of crisis is to ensure the physical security of its citizens.’
    • ‘To fully appreciate this documentary, you first need a brief primer on him.’
    • ‘The speculative marketplace fully appreciates this dangerous dynamic, as the perception of endless global liquidity solidifies.’
    • ‘That may be so, but such readers would require a fairly high level of scientific understanding to appreciate the book fully.’
    • ‘The decision to allow the development was not taken lightly but with a view to the advantage to the many, whilst fully appreciating the disadvantages to the few.’
    • ‘Again, her achievements have even greater value when one appreciates that she has had asthma since she started training.’
    • ‘The first aerogels were made in the 1930s, but only now are scientists fully appreciating their full engineering potential.’
    • ‘Advanced nursing roles are an important development in primary care, but the implications have yet to be fully appreciated.’
    • ‘The thing about rally racing is it's not only about going from point A to B and memorizing a bunch of turns, but also fully understanding and appreciating the road, which can be both your friend and foe.’
    • ‘We are setting a trap for New Zealanders who do not fully appreciate the way this legislation works.’
    acknowledge, recognize, realize, know
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  • 3no object Rise in value or price.

    ‘the dollar appreciated against the euro by 15 per cent’
    • ‘She owns a home in Montgomery County, Md., a market where home values have been appreciating rapidly.’
    • ‘How do you get a sense of which works might appreciate in value?’
    • ‘Some of the modern ones appreciate in value, but it is often difficult to sell modern issues for a quick profit.’
    • ‘Employees do not need to put capital at risk; yet, if the company's share price appreciates, they can earn substantial capital gains.’
    • ‘However, some stamp prices have appreciated at a much greater pace.’
    • ‘Those with an eye for profit will be buying new packaged items likely to appreciate in value.’
    • ‘If it's rare and of high quality, it will appreciate in value [given today's low prices].’
    • ‘Your exit strategy could be to sell when the price appreciates by 20 percent.’
    • ‘All that having been said, my own guess is that the euro will appreciate in value.’
    • ‘Furthermore you can expect an original work to appreciate in value whereas a print is far less likely to.’
    • ‘He said farmers should instead consider selling their maize in the third quarter of the year when the price of maize appreciates.’
    • ‘Market economy must be able to demonstrate in reality that when the local currency was appreciating, the prices of commodities were also expected to be reducing.’
    • ‘So what happens when those shares start to appreciate in value?’
    • ‘As well as being appreciated by the residents, the artwork may also appreciate in value - but only for the developer.’
    • ‘It's time to look at properties that can save time and appreciate in value.’
    • ‘Savvy moves by Asia's newest leading ladies helped their currencies appreciate in value.’
    • ‘Local property values have since appreciated so much that most Mayas are priced out of the market.’
    • ‘But real estate is different than most fixed-plant or equipment investments: property rarely loses value and often appreciates.’
    • ‘That Ming vase can sit in your study for five years or more before you see its value appreciate substantially.’
    • ‘The stock price keeps appreciating and now sits at $150 after splitting 2 for 1 three times.’
    increase, gain, grow, build up, rise, go up, mount, inflate, escalate, soar, rocket
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Mid 16th century: from late Latin appretiat- ‘set at a price, appraised’, from the verb appretiare, from ad- ‘to’ + pretium ‘price’.