appreciate

appreciate
verb (-ated; -ating) Etymology: Late Latin appretiatus, past participle of appretiare, from Latin ad- + pretium price — more at price Date: 1655 transitive verb 1. a. to grasp the nature, worth, quality, or significance of <
appreciate the difference between right and wrong
>
b. to value or admire highly <
appreciates our work
>
c. to judge with heightened perception or understanding ; be fully aware of <
must see it to appreciate it
>
d. to recognize with gratitude <
certainly appreciates your kindness
>
2. to increase the value of intransitive verb to increase in number or value • appreciator nounappreciatory adjective Synonyms: 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
>
. Synonym: see in addition understand.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Appreciate — Ap*pre ci*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Appreciated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Appreciating}.] [L. appretiatus, p. p. of appretiare to value at a price, appraise; ad + pretiare to prize, pretium price. Cf. {Appraise}.] 1. To set a price or value on; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • appreciate — ap·pre·ci·ate /ə prē shē ˌāt, pri , sē / vb at·ed, at·ing vt 1: to judge or understand the significance of incapable of appreciating the difference between right and wrong B. N. Cardozo 2: to raise the market value of compa …   Law dictionary

  • appreciate — 1 comprehend, *understand Analogous words: appraise, value, rate, *estimate, evaluate: *judge, adjudge: *apprehend, comprehend Antonyms: depreciate Contrasted words: disparage, derogate, detract, belittle, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • appreciate — ap‧pre‧ci‧ate [əˈpriːʆieɪt] verb [intransitive] 1. to increase in value: • Their art collection has appreciated substantially, almost doubling in value. 2. FINANCE when a currency appreciates, it increases in value compared to other currencies:… …   Financial and business terms

  • appreciate — [v1] be grateful, thankful acknowledge, be appreciative, be indebted, be obliged, enjoy, flip over*, freak out on*, get high on*, give thanks, groove on*, welcome; concepts 12,32,76 Ant. be critical, criticize, disparage, disregard, neglect,… …   New thesaurus

  • appreciate — Its normal meaning ‘to acknowledge with gratitude’, especially in business correspondence (e.g. I appreciate everything that you have done to help us) and to form polite requests (e.g. It would be appreciated if you would reply by return of post) …   Modern English usage

  • appreciate — [ə prē′shē āt΄] vt. appreciated, appreciating [< LL(Ec) appretiatus, pp. of appretiare, APPRAISE] 1. to think well of; understand and enjoy; esteem 2. to recognize and be grateful for; be thankful for 3. to estimate the quality or worth of,… …   English World dictionary

  • Appreciate — Ap*pre ci*ate, v. i. To rise in value. [See note under {Rise}, v. i.] J. Morse. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • appreciate — (v.) 1650s, to esteem or value highly, from L.L. appretiatus, pp. of appretiare to set a price to (see APPRAISE (Cf. appraise)). Meaning to rise in value (intransitive) first recorded 1789. Related: APPRECIATED (Cf. Appreciated); appreciating …   Etymology dictionary

  • appreciate — ► VERB 1) recognize the value or significance of. 2) understand (a situation) fully. 3) be grateful for. 4) rise in value or price. DERIVATIVES appreciator noun. ORIGIN Latin appretiare appraise , from pretium …   English terms dictionary

  • appreciate */*/ — UK [əˈpriːʃɪˌeɪt] / US [əˈprɪʃɪˌeɪt] verb Word forms appreciate : present tense I/you/we/they appreciate he/she/it appreciates present participle appreciating past tense appreciated past participle appreciated 1) [transitive, never progressive]… …   English dictionary

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