- 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 [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[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[intransitive] to increase in value over a period of time Their investments have appreciated over the years. opposite depreciate Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from late Latin appretiat-
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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//