appreciate


appreciate
appreciate
Its normal meaning ‘to acknowledge with gratitude’, especially in business correspondence (e.g. I appreciate everything that you have done to help us) and to form polite requests (e.g. It would be appreciated if you would reply by return of post) is unexceptionable. More controversial is its use with how or a that clause (e.g. I appreciate that you are disappointed by the outcome). Gowers (1965) discouraged this use, proposing realize instead, which is sometimes the better word although in some contexts the notion of sympathize is also needed.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Appreciate — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • appreciate — ap·pre·ci·ate /ə prē shē ˌāt, pri , sē / vb at·ed, at·ing vt 1: to judge or understand the significance of incapable of appreciating the difference between right and wrong B. N. Cardozo 2: to raise the market value of compa …   Law dictionary

  • appreciate — 1 comprehend, *understand Analogous words: appraise, value, rate, *estimate, evaluate: *judge, adjudge: *apprehend, comprehend Antonyms: depreciate Contrasted words: disparage, derogate, detract, belittle, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • appreciate — ap‧pre‧ci‧ate [əˈpriːʆieɪt] verb [intransitive] 1. to increase in value: • Their art collection has appreciated substantially, almost doubling in value. 2. FINANCE when a currency appreciates, it increases in value compared to other currencies:… …   Financial and business terms

  • appreciate — [v1] be grateful, thankful acknowledge, be appreciative, be indebted, be obliged, enjoy, flip over*, freak out on*, get high on*, give thanks, groove on*, welcome; concepts 12,32,76 Ant. be critical, criticize, disparage, disregard, neglect,… …   New thesaurus

  • appreciate — [ə prē′shē āt΄] vt. appreciated, appreciating [< LL(Ec) appretiatus, pp. of appretiare, APPRAISE] 1. to think well of; understand and enjoy; esteem 2. to recognize and be grateful for; be thankful for 3. to estimate the quality or worth of,… …   English World dictionary

  • Appreciate — Ap*pre ci*ate, v. i. To rise in value. [See note under {Rise}, v. i.] J. Morse. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • appreciate — (v.) 1650s, to esteem or value highly, from L.L. appretiatus, pp. of appretiare to set a price to (see APPRAISE (Cf. appraise)). Meaning to rise in value (intransitive) first recorded 1789. Related: APPRECIATED (Cf. Appreciated); appreciating …   Etymology dictionary

  • appreciate — ► VERB 1) recognize the value or significance of. 2) understand (a situation) fully. 3) be grateful for. 4) rise in value or price. DERIVATIVES appreciator noun. ORIGIN Latin appretiare appraise , from pretium …   English terms dictionary

  • appreciate */*/ — UK [əˈpriːʃɪˌeɪt] / US [əˈprɪʃɪˌeɪt] verb Word forms appreciate : present tense I/you/we/they appreciate he/she/it appreciates present participle appreciating past tense appreciated past participle appreciated 1) [transitive, never progressive]… …   English dictionary