|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.
We appreciate that caring for children is an important job.
It is difficult to appreciate how bad the situation had become.
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.
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.