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Originated 1645–55 from Medieval Latin appreciatus(valued or appraised), from Late Latin appretiatus(appraised), from ap- (form of ad-(towards)) + preti(um)(price) (English precious) + -atus.

Cognate to French apprécier. Latin root also origin of English appraise, which has various Romance cognates.


  • IPA(key): /əˈpɹi.ʃi.eɪt/, /əˈpɹɪt/
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appreciate ‎(third-person singular simple present appreciates, present participle appreciating, simple past and past participle appreciated)

  1. (transitive) to be grateful or thankful for.
    I appreciate your efforts
  2. (transitive) to view as valuable.
    You must learn to appreciate time
  3. (transitive) to be fully conscious of; be aware of; detect.
    To test the power of bees to appreciate color.
    • Lubbock
      to test the power of bees to appreciate colour
  4. (transitive) to increase in value.
    The value of his portfolio appreciated by 80% over eight years.
    • Ramsay
      lest a sudden peace should appreciate the money

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  • appreciate” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
  • appreciate” in Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • "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.