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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)) + Latin preti(um) (price) (English precious) + -atus.

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


  • IPA(key): /əˈpɹiː.ʃi.eɪt/, /əˈpɹiː.si.eɪt/, /əˈpɹɪʃ.i.eɪt/
  • Hyphenation: ap‧pre‧ci‧ate
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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
    We sincerely appreciate your help.
    Any aid will be warmly appreciated.
    Synonym: esteem
  2. (transitive) To view as valuable.
    You must learn to appreciate time
    Synonym: esteem
  3. (transitive) To be fully conscious of; understand; be aware of; detect.
    It is essential for the reader to appreciate how important this argument is.
    I appreciate that what I'm asking you to do is very difficult.
    • 1883, John Lubbock, On the Senses, Instincts and Intelligence of Animals, With Special Reference to Insects
      to test the power of bees to appreciate colour
    Synonym: grasp
  4. (intransitive, transitive) To increase in value.
    The value of his portfolio appreciated by 80% over eight years.
    • 1809, David Ramsay, History of South Carolina
      lest a sudden peace should appreciate the money
    Antonym: depreciate

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