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Pronunciation:  u'preeshee`eyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  increase the value of, as of a currency; "The Germans want to appreciate the Deutsche Mark"
  2. [v]  gain in value, as of a currency; "The yen appreciated again!"
  3. [v]  be fully aware of; realize fully; "Do you appreciate the full meaning of this letter?"
  4. [v]  recognize with gratitude; be grateful for
  5. [v]  hold dear; "I prize these old photographs"

APPRECIATE is a 10 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: apprise, apprize, prize, take account, treasure, value
 Antonyms: depreciate, devaluate, devalue, undervalue
 See Also: acknowledge, consider, do justice, increase, realise, realize, reckon, recognise, recognise, recognize, recognize, regard, see, see, understand, view



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ap*pre"ci*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Appreciated};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Appreciating}.] [L. appretiatus, p. p. of
    appretiare to value at a price, appraise; ad + pretiare to
    prize, pretium price. Cf. {Appraise}.]
    1. To set a price or value on; to estimate justly; to value.
             To appreciate the motives of their enemies.
    3. To raise the value of; to increase the market price of; --
       opposed to {depreciate}. [U.S.]
             Lest a sudden peace should appreciate the money.
    4. To be sensible of; to distinguish.
             To test the power of bees to appreciate color.
    Syn: To {Appreciate}, {Estimate}, {Esteem}.
    Usage: Estimate is an act of judgment; esteem is an act of
           valuing or prizing, and when applied to individuals,
           denotes a sentiment of moral approbation. See
           {Estimate}. Appreciate lies between the two. As
           compared with estimate, it supposes a union of
           sensibility with judgment, producing a nice and
           delicate perception. As compared with esteem, it
           denotes a valuation of things according to their
           appropriate and distinctive excellence, and not simply
           their moral worth. Thus, with reference to the former
           of these (delicate perception), an able writer says.
           ``Women have a truer appreciation of character than
           men;'' and another remarks, ``It is difficult to
           appreciate the true force and distinctive sense of
           terms which we are every day using.'' So, also, we
           speak of the difference between two things, as
           sometimes hardly appreciable. With reference to the
           latter of these (that of valuation as the result of a
           nice perception), we say, ``It requires a peculiar
           cast of character to appreciate the poetry of
           Wordsworth;'' ``He who has no delicacy himself, can
           not appreciate it in others;'' ``The thought of death
           is salutary, because it leads us to appreciate worldly
           things aright.'' Appreciate is much used in cases
           where something is in danger of being overlooked or
           undervalued; as when we speak of appreciating the
           difficulties of a subject, or the risk of an
           undertaking. So Lord Plunket, referring to an
           ``ominous silence'' which prevailed among the Irish
           peasantry, says, ``If you knew how to appreciate that
           silence, it is more formidable than the most clamorous
           opposition.'' In like manner, a person who asks some
           favor of another is apt to say, ``I trust you will
           appreciate my motives in this request.'' Here we have
           the key to a very frequent use of the word. It is
           hardly necessary to say that appreciate looks on the
           favorable side of things. we never speak of
           appreciating a man's faults, but his merits. This idea
           of regarding things favorably appears more fully in
           the word appreciative; as when we speak of an
           appreciative audience, or an appreciative review,
           meaning one that manifests a quick perception and a
           ready valuation of excellence.
  2. \Ap*pre"ci*ate\, v. i.
    To rise in value. [See note under {Rise}, v. i.] --J. Morse.
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