Definition of appreciate in English:



  • 1Recognize the full worth of.

    ‘she feels that he does not appreciate her’
    • ‘Absolutely, your Honour, and the Court of Appeal appreciated and recognised that fact here.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Using these indicators, I never realized before how much I appreciated Toronto.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is just another London borough, full of trendy rich people who do not appreciate the better things in life.’
    • ‘Why can't we all appreciate each other's good qualities and realize we've all got room for improvement as well?’
    • ‘Aviation is visionary and global, recognised and appreciated by millions of people as a wonderful tool to venture afar.’
    • ‘The awards have been warmly received by staff who appreciate that some recognition is being given for their hard work over the years.’
    • ‘But people are very sympathetic and appreciating us being here.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She kept her weapon of sarcasm to a bare minimum, something I recognized and appreciated.’
    • ‘They may not appreciate its more challenging content, but they can recognise a cultural asset when they see one.’
    • ‘This was a backhanded compliment: it implied that everyone was capable of appreciating the highest works of art, whatever their class or ethnic background.’
    • ‘Indian companies are increasingly appreciating the greater relevance of cost of capital in running their businesses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More importantly, Master Coaching has given hope to many students who were without hope and not appreciating their own tremendous talents.’
    • ‘Lately I have been appreciating him a whole lot more.’
    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’
      • ‘Now I am back in my world and I love it and appreciate it in a way that I never could before.’
      • ‘Others love working outdoors and appreciate the fact that they are not sitting at a desk all day.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I've been informed that the family appreciates the condolences of friends and are trying to find ways of burying him back in Bulgaria.’
      • ‘I would appreciate any relevant information as this is a very worrying time for me.’
      • ‘He had said that he enjoyed his meal and appreciated the care that went into its preparation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I would really appreciate any information any of you can give me about it.’
      • ‘But how many of them actually enjoyed and appreciated it was the question.’
      • ‘You could even be someone who lives abroad who enjoys and appreciates music that comes from Ireland.’
      • ‘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 appreciate any information you have on Radar and dangers to health.’
      • ‘Tullow gardaí have been informed of the incident and would appreciate any information.’
      • ‘People are grateful for what I do for them, my colleagues appreciate my professionalism.’
      • ‘If you could help me find him or if anyone has any information they can give me I would greatly appreciate it.’
      • ‘I appreciate it that you enjoy my story and take the time to tell me your honest opinion!’
      • ‘I want to send her a card just to tell her that I love her and appreciate the things she has done for me.’
      • ‘Their support was greatly appreciated and all within the club are grateful for their help and co-operation.’
      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’
    • ‘The first aerogels were made in the 1930s, but only now are scientists fully appreciating their full engineering potential.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We fully appreciated the relatively speculative nature of that question.’
    • ‘We are setting a trap for New Zealanders who do not fully appreciate the way this legislation works.’
    • ‘Again, her achievements have even greater value when one appreciates that she has had asthma since she started training.’
    • ‘Tokyo is of course a maritime city and a great port, but people who visit do not always fully appreciate this.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anyone who drives along this road on a regular basis as I do, will fully understand and appreciate what I mean.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Advanced nursing roles are an important development in primary care, but the implications have yet to be fully appreciated.’
    • ‘That may be so, but such readers would require a fairly high level of scientific understanding to appreciate the book fully.’
    • ‘Do you think the general public appreciates and fully understands the threats that global warming pose?’
    • ‘You don't have to be a nuclear physicist to fully appreciate Copenhagen but it certainly does helps if you are.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said farmers should instead consider selling their maize in the third quarter of the year when the price of maize appreciates.’
    • ‘Your exit strategy could be to sell when the price appreciates by 20 percent.’
    • ‘Some of the modern ones appreciate in value, but it is often difficult to sell modern issues for a quick profit.’
    • ‘Those with an eye for profit will be buying new packaged items likely to appreciate in value.’
    • ‘The stock price keeps appreciating and now sits at $150 after splitting 2 for 1 three times.’
    • ‘All that having been said, my own guess is that the euro will appreciate in value.’
    • ‘Savvy moves by Asia's newest leading ladies helped their currencies appreciate in value.’
    • ‘If it's rare and of high quality, it will appreciate in value [given today's low prices].’
    • ‘However, some stamp prices have appreciated at a much greater pace.’
    • ‘Furthermore you can expect an original work to appreciate in value whereas a print is far less likely to.’
    • ‘Local property values have since appreciated so much that most Mayas are priced out of the market.’
    • ‘That Ming vase can sit in your study for five years or more before you see its value appreciate substantially.’
    • ‘How do you get a sense of which works might appreciate in value?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But real estate is different than most fixed-plant or equipment investments: property rarely loses value and often appreciates.’
    • ‘She owns a home in Montgomery County, Md., a market where home values have been appreciating rapidly.’
    • ‘Employees do not need to put capital at risk; yet, if the company's share price appreciates, they can earn substantial capital gains.’
    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’.