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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] to understand the true nature of a situation, and realize why it is important or serious

I began to appreciate the difficulties my father had faced.

appreciate how/why/what etc:

Doctors are only now beginning to appreciate how dangerous this drug can be.

appreciate that:

We appreciate that you cannot make a decision immediately.

fully appreciate:

I don't believe the Prime Minister fully appreciates the complexity of the problem.

2)
a) [transitive, never progressive] to recognize the good or special qualities of a person, place, or thing

She feels that her family doesn't really appreciate her.

a restaurant that is popular with people who appreciate good service and fine wines

b) to realize that someone has good qualities and that they are important
be truly/properly appreciated:

Many of the junior staff feel they are not properly appreciated.

3) [transitive] to be grateful for something

I appreciate this opportunity to put my point of view to the committee.

I really appreciate all your help.

4) [intransitive] if something appreciates, its value increases gradually

I/we etc would appreciate it if...spoken used for politely asking someone to do something, especially when you are slightly annoyed

We'd appreciate it if you didn't smoke in here.


English dictionary. 2014.

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