Definition of appreciate in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈpriːʃɪeɪt/
Pronunciation: /əˈpriːsɪeɪt/


[with object]
1Recognize the full worth of: she feels that he does not appreciate her
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  • Aviation is visionary and global, recognised and appreciated by millions of people as a wonderful tool to venture afar.
  • But people are very sympathetic and appreciating us being here.
  • They may not appreciate its more challenging content, but they can recognise a cultural asset when they see one.
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 (great) store by
1.1Be grateful for (something): I’d appreciate any information you could give me
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  • If you have any of the above in your attic, they would gratefully appreciate your permission to use them on their site.
  • 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.
  • You could even be someone who lives abroad who enjoys and appreciates music that comes from Ireland.
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
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
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  • 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.
  • Advanced nursing roles are an important development in primary care, but the implications have yet to be fully appreciated.
  • Anyone who drives along this road on a regular basis as I do, will fully understand and appreciate what I mean.
be aware of, be conscious of, be cognizant of;
be alive to, be sensitive to, be alert to;
sympathize with, understand, comprehend, perceive, discern
informal take on board, be wise to
3 [no object] Rise in value or price: the dollar appreciated against the euro by 15 per cent
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  • If it's rare and of high quality, it will appreciate in value [given today's low prices].
  • As well as being appreciated by the residents, the artwork may also appreciate in value - but only for the developer.
  • Savvy moves by Asia's newest leading ladies helped their currencies appreciate in value.
increase, gain, grow, build up, rise, go up, mount, inflate, escalate, soar, rocket;
improve, enhance



Example sentences
  • So I'm not a great appreciator, a great connoisseur, of Danish cinema.
  • It's the dawn of a ‘creative nation’ - a Britain which, like many other countries around the globe, makes use of the new tools to actively participate in media, a nation of recasters and reworkers, folk artists and appreciators of folk art.
  • They are highly artisanal and diverse, obtainable in many markets, and they tweak the minds and palates of not only beer drinkers, but appreciators of wine and spirits - a positive crossover conversion for the beer industry.


Pronunciation: /əˈpriːʃ(ɪ)ət(ə)ri/
Example sentences
  • She quickly flashed him an appreciatory grin, and walked over to one of the towering shelves stuffed with books.
  • I'll respect and consider them, I'll be grateful, and I'll be sure to make an appreciatory reply.
  • Monday came and went with no rushed assistant appearing at my cubicle, no complimentary front-row tickets, no appreciatory bouquet of flowers for a small but life-saving loan.


Mid 16th century: from late Latin appretiat- 'set at a price, appraised', from the verb appretiare, from ad- 'to' + pretium 'price'.

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