appreciate

If you appreciate something, you recognize its value. We can all appreciate how refreshing cold lemonade is on a sweltering summer day.

The oldest meaning of appreciate is "to know the worth of something": "The parolee appreciated his newfound freedom." A related sense is "to be grateful for something," but this usage can sound wordy. Instead of "I would appreciate your sending me more information," consider: "Please send me more information." The word can also be used (without a direct object) to mean "to rise in worth": "The vintage Corvette would appreciate in value over the years."

Definitions of appreciate
  1. verb
    be fully aware of; realize fully
    “Do you appreciate the full meaning of this letter?”
    synonyms: take account
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    realise, realize, see, understand
    perceive (an idea or situation) mentally
  2. verb
    recognize with gratitude; be grateful for
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    acknowledge, recognise, recognize
    express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for
  3. verb
    hold dear
    synonyms: prize, treasure, value
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    do justice
    show due and full appreciation
    recognise, recognize
    show approval or appreciation of
    honor, honour, reward
    bestow honor or rewards upon
    rubricate
    place in the church calendar as a red-letter day honoring a saint
    type of:
    consider, reckon, regard, see, view
    deem to be
  4. verb
    gain in value
    “The yen appreciated again!”
    synonyms: apprise, apprize, revalue
    apprise, apprize
    increase the value of
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    depreciate, devaluate, devalue, undervalue
    lose in value
    depreciate
    lower the value of something
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    increase
    become bigger or greater in amount
  5. verb
    increase the value of
    “The Germans want to appreciate the Deutsche Mark”
    synonyms: apprise, apprize
    apprise, apprize, revalue
    gain in value
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    depreciate
    lower the value of something
    depreciate, devaluate, devalue, undervalue
    lose in value
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    type of:
    revalue
    value anew
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