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Definition of the verb appreciate

What does appreciate mean as a doing word?

Appreciate is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: appreciated | appreciating | appreciates

  1. recognize with gratitude; be grateful for
  2. be fully aware of; realize fully
    • example: Do you appreciate the full meaning of this letter?
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of appreciate: take account
    • more generic words: realise / realize / see / understand = perceive (an idea or situation) mentally
  3. hold dear
  4. gain in value
    • example: The yen appreciated again!
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Attribute - scalar] of [Patient] [Verb]The price of oil soared
      [Attribute - scalar] of [Patient] [Verb] [Extent]The price of oil increased ten percent
      [Attribute - scalar] of [Patient] [Verb] by [Extent]The price of oil increased by ten percent
      [Patient]'s [Attribute] [Verb]Oil's price soared
      [Patient]'s [Attribute] [Verb] [Extent]Oils's price increased ten percent
      [Patient]'s [Attribute] [Verb] by [Extent]Oils's price increased by ten percent
      [Patient] [Verb]Imports have declined
      [Patient] [Verb] by [Extent]Nonperforming assets at these banks declined by %15
      [Patient] [Verb] in [Attribute]Oil soared in price

      Verbs of Change of State (with the same syntax): advance, balloon, climb, decline, decrease, depreciate, diminish, dip, drop, dwindle, fall, fluctuate, gain, grow, increase, jump, lower, move, mushroom, plummet, plunge, rise, rocket, shift, skyrocket, soar, surge, swell, tumble, vary.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of appreciate: apprise / apprize / revalue
    • antonym of appreciate: depreciate
    • more generic word: increase = become bigger or greater in amount
  5. increase the value of
    • example: The Germans want to appreciate the Deutsche Mark
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of appreciate: apprise / apprize
    • antonym of appreciate: depreciate
    • more generic word: revalue = value anew

Alternative definition of the verb appreciate


  1. [transitive] to be grateful or thankful for.
  2. [transitive] to view as valuable.
  3. [transitive] to be fully conscious of; be aware of; detect.
  4. [transitive] to increase in value.


  1. "Appreciate" is a musical album of Howard Jennings.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  2. "Appreciate" is a song by Paul McCartney.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Appreciate

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Google previewYour Guide to Understanding and Dealing with Type 2 Diabetes (2015)

What You Need to Know by Keith Souter

The important thing to appreciate is that strokes are all preventable, which means that good diabetic control is of paramount importance. KEY POINTS Eighty per cent of strokes are ischaemic. Fifteen per cent of strokes are haemorrhagic.

Google previewSpeak Up for Just War or Pacifism (2016)

A Critique of the United Methodist Bishops' Pastoral Letter "In Defense of Creation" by Paul Ramsey

WHAT A CHRISTOLOGICAL PACIFISM LOOKS LIKE What the Bishops fail to appreciate is that the peace that sustains Christian pacifism is an eschatological notion. Christian pacifism is not based on the assumption that Jesus has given us ...

Google previewSoftware Engineering Education in the Modern Age (2006)

Software Education and Training Sessions at the International Conference, on Software Engineering, ICSE 2005, St. Louis, MO, USA, May 15-21, 2005, Revised Lectures by Paola Inverardi, Mehdi Jazayeri

Also difficult to appreciate is that to buildasoftware intensive service ...

Google previewBryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words (2002)

by Bill Bryson

appreciate has a slightly more specific meaning than writers sometimes give ...

Google previewCambridge Academic Content Dictionary Reference Book with CD-ROM (2008)

by Cambridge University Press

WORD FAMILY appreciate Nouns appreciation Verbs appreciate Adjectives appreciable Adverbs appreciatively appreciative apprehend /.aepn'hend/ v [T] to catch and put a person under police control; to ARREST o Last night police ...

Google previewTo the Point: A Dictionary of Concise Writing (2014)

by Robert Hartwell Fiske

appreciate admire/applaud/approve ...

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Usage statistics about appreciate

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb appreciate:


Comparison of usage frequency between the verb appreciate and its most common antonym:


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Quotes about Appreciate

One who doesn't appreciate the apple, won't appreciate the orchard.
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Scrabble value of A1P3P3R1E1C3I1A1T1E1

The value of this 10-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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