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Meaning of “appreciate” in the English Dictionary

"appreciate" in British English

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appreciateverb

uk   us   /əˈpriː.ʃi.eɪt/
  • appreciate verb (VALUE)

B2 to ​recognize how good someone or something is and to ​value him, her, or it: There's no ​pointbuying him ​expensivewines - he doesn't appreciate them.C2 [T] to ​understand a ​situation and ​realize that it is ​important: We appreciate the need for ​immediateaction. [+ that] I appreciate that it's a ​difficultdecision for you to make. [+ question word] I don't ​think you appreciate how much ​time I ​spentpreparing this ​meal.I/we appreciate... B2 used when you are ​thanking someone or ​showing that you are ​grateful: We really appreciate all the ​help you gave us last ​weekend. [+ -ing verb] I appreciate ​your making the ​effort to come.would appreciate B2 used when you are ​politelyasking for something: I would appreciate it if you could ​let me ​know (= ​pleaselet me ​know) in ​advance whether or not you will be coming.

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  • appreciate verb (INCREASE)

[I] to ​increase in ​value: The ​value of ​ourhouse has appreciated by 50 ​percent in the last two ​years. Our ​house has appreciated (in ​value) by 50 ​percent in the last two ​years.
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(Definition of appreciate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"appreciate" in American English

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appreciateverb

 us   /əˈpri·ʃiˌeɪt/
  • appreciate verb (VALUE)

[T] to be ​aware of something, or to ​understand that something is ​valuable: [+ that clause] I appreciate that this is a ​difficultdecision for you. [T] To appreciate something also ​means to be ​grateful for something: I appreciated ​yourhelp very much.
  • appreciate verb (INCREASE)

[I/T] to ​increase in ​value: [I] Our ​house appreciated by 20% in two ​years.
(Definition of appreciate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"appreciate" in Business English

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appreciateverb [I]

uk   us   /əˈpriːʃieɪt/ FINANCE
to ​increase in ​value: His ​property has appreciated as much as 40% in two ​years.appreciate considerably/dramatically/significantly We like our ​investment, which has appreciated significantly in ​value.appreciate against sth The ​pound has appreciated against the ​euro.
(Definition of appreciate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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