appreciate[ə prē′s̸hē āt′]
- The definition of appreciate is to know and accept the value of something.
To admire the work of Picasso is an example of appreciate.
- Appreciate is defined as being grateful to someone.
An example of appreciate is if someone helps you move and you thank them for their help.
- Appreciate is when the price of something goes up.
A savings account that earns interest is an example of a savings account that will appreciate over time.
transitive verbappreciated, appreciating
- to think well of; understand and enjoy; esteem
- to recognize and be grateful for; be thankful for
- to estimate the quality or worth of, esp. favorably
- to be fully or sensitively aware of; notice with discrimination
- ☆ to raise the price or value of
Origin of appreciate; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin appretiatus, past participle of appretiare, appraise
verbap·pre·ci·at·ed, ap·pre·ci·at·ing, ap·pre·ci·ates
- To recognize the quality, significance, or magnitude of: appreciated their freedom.
- To be fully aware of or sensitive to; realize: I appreciate your problems.
- To be thankful or show gratitude for: I really appreciate your help.
- To admire greatly; value.
- To raise in value or price, especially over time.
Origin of appreciateLate Latin appretiāre, appretiāt-, to appraise; see appraise.
(third-person singular simple present appreciates, present participle appreciating, simple past and past participle appreciated)
- to be grateful or thankful for.
- I appreciate your efforts
- to view as valuable.
- You must learn to appreciate time
- to be fully conscious of; be aware of; detect.
- To test the power of bees to appreciate color.
- to increase in value.
- The value of his portfolio appreciated by 80% over eight years.
- This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing).
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.
Cognate to French apprécier. Latin root also origin of English appraise, which has various Romance cognates.