Definition of appreciate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    appreciate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈpriːʃieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpriːʃieɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they appreciate
    BrE BrE//əˈpriːʃieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpriːʃieɪt//
     
    he / she / it appreciates
    BrE BrE//əˈpriːʃieɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpriːʃieɪts//
     
    past simple appreciated
    BrE BrE//əˈpriːʃieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpriːʃieɪtɪd//
     
    past participle appreciated
    BrE BrE//əˈpriːʃieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpriːʃieɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form appreciating
    BrE BrE//əˈpriːʃieɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpriːʃieɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [transitive] (not used in the progressive tenses) appreciate somebody/something to recognize the good qualities of somebody/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 somebody has done; to welcome something appreciate something I'd appreciate some help. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thanks for coming. I appreciate 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. Express YourselfThanking somebody for somethingWhen someone gives you something, or does something for you, you often want to say more than just a brief ‘thank you’: Thank you very much. It's very kind of you./You really shouldn't have. Thank you so much for coming. It was really nice to see you. I'm very grateful. I do appreciate your help.Responses: That's all right. Don't mention it. No problem. My pleasure. I'm glad I could help.
  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.
  5. opposite depreciate
    Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from late Latin appretiat- ‘set at a price, appraised’, from the verb appretiare, from ad- ‘to’ + pretium ‘price’.Extra examples It is generally appreciated that the rail network needs a complete overhaul. Teachers will especially appreciate the lists at the back of the book. The government failed to appreciate the fact that voters were angry. The problems should be easily appreciated. The sound quality was poor so we couldn’t fully appreciate the music. We do really appreciate your help. Younger kids might especially appreciate a trip to the zoo. As you’ll appreciate, the task has not always been easy. Her family doesn’t appreciate her. I don’t appreciate being treated like a second-class citizen. I don’t think you appreciate how expensive it will be. I would appreciate it if you paid in cash. I’d appreciate some help. Thank you for your help. I do appreciate it. Thanks for coming. I appreciate it. We didn’t fully appreciate how sick he really was. You can’t really appreciate foreign literature in translation. You have to appreciate the difficulties we are facing.
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