Originated 1645–55 from Medieval Latin appreciatus (“valued or appraised”), from Late Latin appretiatus (“appraised”), from ap- (form of ad- (“towards”)) + Latin preti(um) (“price”) (English precious) + -atus.
Cognate to French apprécier. Latin root also origin of English appraise, which has various Romance cognates.
- IPA(key): /əˈpɹiː.ʃi.eɪt/, /əˈpɹiː.si.eɪt/, /əˈpɹɪʃ.i.eɪt/
- Hyphenation: ap‧pre‧ci‧ate
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appreciate (third-person singular simple present appreciates, present participle appreciating, simple past and past participle appreciated)
- (transitive) To be grateful or thankful for.
- I appreciate your efforts
- We sincerely appreciate your help.
- Any aid will be warmly appreciated.
- Synonym: esteem
- (transitive) To view as valuable.
- You must learn to appreciate time
- Synonym: esteem
- (transitive) To be fully conscious of; understand; be aware of; detect.
- It is essential for the reader to appreciate how important this argument is.
- I appreciate that what I'm asking you to do is very difficult.
- 1883, John Lubbock, On the Senses, Instincts and Intelligence of Animals, With Special Reference to Insects
- to test the power of bees to appreciate colour
- 2012, BioWare, Mass Effect 3, Redwood City: Electronic Arts, OCLC 962368035, PC, scene: Normandy SR-2:
- Eve: You learn to appreciate the light by living in the dark.
- Synonym: grasp
- (intransitive, transitive) To increase in value.
- The value of his portfolio appreciated by 80% over eight years.
- 1809, David Ramsay, History of South Carolina
- lest a sudden peace should appreciate the money
- 1831, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Romance and Reality. […], volume I, London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, […], OCLC 24531354, page 234:
- Laughter may be generally classed under three heads,—forced, silly, or vulgar; but hers is the most sweet, real, spirituelle sound possible—it so appreciates the wit, which it increases as it catches—it speaks of spirits so fresh, so youthful!
- Antonym: depreciate
- This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing). See Appendix:English catenative verbs
- appretiate (archaic)
- 'preciate (pronunciation spelling)
to be grateful for something
to view as valuable
to be aware of
to increase in value
- “appreciate”, in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin, 2000, →ISBN.
- “appreciate”, in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
- "appreciate" in the Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary (Beta Version), K Dictionaries limited, 2000-2006.
- appreciate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- "appreciate" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.