appreciate


appreciate
appreciate 1 comprehend, *understand
Analogous words: appraise, value, rate, *estimate, evaluate: *judge, adjudge: *apprehend, comprehend
Antonyms: depreciate
Contrasted words: disparage, derogate, detract, belittle, *decry
2 Appreciate, value, prize, treasure, cherish mean to hold in high estimation.
One appreciates what one understands sufficiently to admire critically or to enjoy with discrimination of its values, especially its aesthetic values
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relatively few persons are able to appreciate the fugues of Johann Sebastian Bach

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he liked to be near people and have his talent as a whittler appreciatedAnderson/c]

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Appreciate may not always carry this strong implication of intelligent admiration but may stress rather a response of warm approval, keen enjoyment, or gratitude
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those who are just beginning to appreciate the idea— Mackenzie

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nature actually made him ache, he appreciated it so— Galsworthy

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children easily appreciate justice— Russell

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One values what one rates highly or as worth more than other persons or things
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value honor more than life

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there is nothing he values so much as the respect of his children

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the tragedy of plain women; to be valued, but not loved— Mary Austin

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One prizes what one values highly, especially as a possession, and takes deep pride in or sets great store by
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the good we never miss we rarely prizeCowper

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what is freedom and why is it prized?— Dewey

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One treasures what one keeps safe from danger of being lost or stolen, especially because one regards it as precious or attaches great sentimental value to it
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she treasures every memento of her youth

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those who value money because it makes them independent are the reverse of those who treasure every penny they acquire and become slaves to their avarice

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When used in reference to persons, treasure implies a clinging to more often than appreciation or love
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pay me no homage, Mario, —but if it be I have your friendship, I shall treasure it— Millay

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Cherish may often be used interchangeably with prize and treasure but carries a stronger implication of love or affection for what is cherished and often suggests closer, more intimate association or attentions
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cherish a few books only, and those few chosen not for their fame in the world but wholly for the pleasure that they give you— Montague

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he was a man who cherished his friends. He liked to call at the Bishop’s house to advise him about the care of his young orchard, or to leave a bottle of homemade cherry brandy for Father Joseph— Cather

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Analogous words: admire, esteem, respect, regard (see under REGARD n): enjoy, *like, relish
Antonyms: despise
Contrasted words: contemn, scorn, disdain (see DESPISE): depreciate, disparage, *decry

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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 — 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 — 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) …   Modern English usage

  • 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


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