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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.
Historical Examples

I merely cite this to show that my appreciators are not to one country confined—I mean, confined to one country.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 99, August 9, 1890. Various

How tenderly the frail bodies of Coleridge and of Francis Thompson were cared for by their appreciators.
The Joyful Heart Robert Haven Schauffler

I wonder, sometimes, whether the appreciators of art and of mathematical solutions are not even more closely allied.
Art Clive Bell

These appreciators talked of the “word-painting” of Mrs. Browning.
Lippincott’s Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 11, No. 22, January, 1873 Various

verb (mainly transitive)
to feel thankful or grateful for: to appreciate a favour
(may take a clause as object) to take full or sufficient account of: to appreciate a problem
to value highly: to appreciate Shakespeare
(usually intransitive) to raise or increase in value

1650s, “to esteem or value highly,” from Late Latin appretiatus, past participle of appretiare “to set a price to” (see appraise). Meaning “to rise in value” (intransitive) first recorded 1789. Related: Appreciated; appreciating.


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