American English

Definition of appreciate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they appreciate
    he / she / it appreciates
    past simple appreciated
    -ing form appreciating
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  1. 1[transitive] (not used in the progressive tenses) appreciate somebody/something to recognize the good qualities of someone or something You can't really appreciate foreign literature in translation. His talents are not fully appreciated in that company. Her family doesn't appreciate her.
  2. 2[transitive] (not usually used in the progressive tenses) to be grateful for something that someone has done; to welcome something appreciate something I'd appreciate some help. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thanks for coming. Iappreciate it. I would appreciate any comments you might have. I would appreciate it if you paid in cash. appreciate doing something I don't appreciate being treated like a second-class citizen. appreciate somebody doing something We would appreciate you letting us know of any problems.
  3. 3[transitive] (not used in the progressive tenses) to understand that something is true synonym realize appreciate something What I failed to appreciate was the distance between the two cities. appreciate how, what, etc… I don't think you appreciate how expensive it will be. appreciate that… We didn't fully appreciate that he was seriously ill.
  4. 4[intransitive] to increase in value over a period of time Their investments have appreciated over the years. opposite depreciate
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: appreciate