Date: 1600-1700
Language: Late Latin
Origin: , past participle of appretiare, from Latin ad- 'to' + pretium 'price'


ap‧pre‧ci‧ate S2 W3
1 [transitive not in progressive] to understand how serious or important a situation or problem is or what someone's feelings are [= realize]
appreciate the significance/importance/value of something
He did not fully appreciate the significance of signing the contract.
appreciate that
We appreciate that caring for children is an important job.
appreciate what/how/why
It is difficult to appreciate how bad the situation had become.
2 [transitive] used to thank someone in a polite way or to say that you are grateful for something they have done:
Thanks ever so much for your help, I really appreciate it.
I appreciate your concern, but honestly, I'm fine.
I'd appreciate it if you let me get on with my job.
3 [transitive] to understand how good or useful someone or something is:
Her abilities are not fully appreciated by her employer.
I'm not an expert, but I appreciate fine works of art.
4 [intransitive] technical to gradually become more valuable over a period of time [≠ depreciate]:
Most investments are expected to appreciate at a steady rate.

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