American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To recognize the quality, significance, or magnitude of: appreciated their freedom.
- v. To be fully aware of or sensitive to; realize: I appreciate your problems.
- v. To be thankful or show gratitude for: I really appreciate your help.
- v. To admire greatly; value.
- v. To raise in value or price, especially over time.
- v. To increase in value or price, especially over time.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To value; set a price or value on; estimate the commercial worth of.
- To esteem duly; place a sufficiently high estimate on; recognize the quality or worth of: as, his great ability was not appreciated.
- To be fully conscious of; be aware of; detect; perceive the nature or effect of.
- To raise in value; advance the exchange, quotation, or price of: opposed to depreciate.
- Synonyms Value, Prize, Esteem, Estimate, Appreciate. Value and estimate commonly imply a comparison with a standard of commercial worth: as, to value a picture at so much; to estimate its value at so much. To prize is to value highly, generally for other than pecuniary reasons, and suggesting the notion of reluctance to lose. Thus, we prize a book for its contents or associations; we prize a friend for his affection for us. To esteem is sometimes simply to think: as, I esteem him a scoundrel; sometimes to value: as, I esteem it lightly; sometimes to have a high opinion of or set a high value on: as, I esteem him for his own sake; in its highest sense it implies moral approbation. Estimating is an act of computation or judgment, and wholly without feeling or moral approbation: as, to estimate the size of a room, the weight of a stone, the literary excellence of a book, the character of a person. (See esteem, n., for comparison of corresponding nouns.) Appreciate is to set a just value on; it implies the use of wise judgment or delicate perception: as, he appreciated the quality of the work. With this perception naturally goes a corresponding intellectual valuation and moral esteem: as, they knew how to appreciate his worth. Appreciate often implies also that the thing appreciated is likely to be overlooked or underestimated. It is commonly used of good things: as, I understood his wickedness; I realized or recognized his folly; I appreciated his virtue or wisdom. Compare such phrases as an appreciative audience, a few appreciative words, appreciation of merit.
- To rise in value; become of more value: as, public securities appreciated when the debt was funded.
- v. transitive to be grateful or thankful for.
- v. transitive to view as valuable.
- v. transitive to be fully conscious of; be aware of; detect.
- v. transitive to increase in value.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To set a price or value on; to estimate justly; to value.
- v. U.S. To raise the value of; to increase the market price of; -- opposed to
- v. To be sensible of; to distinguish.
- v. To rise in value. [See note under rise, v. i.]
- v. be fully aware of; realize fully
- v. increase the value of
- v. gain in value
- v. hold dear
- v. recognize with gratitude; be grateful for
- 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. (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin appretiāre, appretiāt-, to appraise; see appraise. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This question of _superfineness_ versus _refinement_ (which ought to mean the power of refining things through our feeling) has carried me away from the original theme of my discourse, which, under the symbol of the hotel room, was merely that we should _perhaps appreciate more if we were offered less to appreciate_.”
“If nothing else, Frank, Zeleny's question gave us the opportunity to once again appreciate that we have a thoughtful thinking president now who has obviously reflected on this sort of thing, as any self-aware and self-reflective person would.”
“What Joe has come to appreciate is a third man gives him a chance to debate.”
“The only thing I don't think people truly appreciate is how much knowledge he had about the position.”
“One of the thing both men told us they appreciate is the watch fire.”
“Mr. EARL TULLEY (Vice Presidential Candidate, Navajo Nation): But one thing that I really appreciate is when we stand side by side ...”
“Now the Isle, whose strange three-legged flag looks like something the Masons might appreciate, is famous for something more: a Ku Klux Klan Facebook group.”
“What this panel and so many other investors fail to appreciate is that state bailouts have already begun.”
“But again appreciate the acknowledgment that the same debate exists on the pro-choice side.”
“Evil Twin, what you fail to appreciate is that if GHW Bush had been more popular he would have gotten a lot more than 37.5% of the vote.”
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