UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/əˈpriːʃieɪt/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/əˈpriʃiˌeɪt/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ə prē′shē āt′)
to be grateful or thankful for:They appreciated his thoughtfulness.
to value or regard highly; place a high estimate on:to appreciate good wine.
to be fully conscious of; be aware of; detect:to appreciate the dangers of a situation.
to raise in value.
to increase in value:Property values appreciated yearly.
Medieval Latin appreciātus valued, appraised, Late Latin appretiātus (past participle of appretiāre) appraised, equivalent. to Latin ap-ap-1 + preti(um) price + -ātus -ate1
2.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedAppreciate,esteem,prize,value imply holding something in high regard. Toappreciate is to exercise wise judgment, delicate perception, and keen insight in realizing the worth of something. Toesteem is to feel respect combined with a warm, kindly feeling. Tovalue is to attach importance to a thing because of its worth (material or otherwise). Toprize is to value highly and cherish.