Meaning of “appreciate” in the English Dictionary

"appreciate" in British English

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appreciateverb

uk /əˈpriː.ʃi.eɪt/ 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 point buying him expensive wines - he doesn't appreciate them.

C2 [ T ] to understand a situation and realize that it is important:

We appreciate the need for immediate action.
[ + that ] I appreciate that it's a difficult decision for you to make.
[ + question word ] I don't think you appreciate how much time I spent preparing 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 politely asking for something:

I would appreciate it if you could let me know (= please let me know) in advance whether or not you will be coming.

More examples

  • I don't think you quite appreciate the delicacy of the situation.
  • I don't want everyone to know, so if you could keep it to yourself I'd appreciate it.
  • I appreciate your honesty.
  • Any advice that you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
  • She said how much she appreciated the overwhelming generosity of the public in responding to the appeal.

(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 difficult decision for you.

[ T ] To appreciate something also means to be grateful for something:

I appreciated your help 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 /əˈpriːʃieɪt/ us 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)