Meaning of “appreciate” in the English Dictionary

"appreciate" in 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.

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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 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.

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"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)

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appreciate

I naturally appreciate that this is how matters stand, that is to say that there is not at present any legislation which may be used in this context.
I appreciate that differences of perspective mean that it will not always be possible to reconcile views expressed in the lead committee and other committees.
I appreciate that, from the media' s point of view, it is much more appealing to talk in terms of sanctions.
I certainly appreciate that.
I appreciate the enormous difficulties.
I appreciate that if we want to have an open ballot we can do so, but then we should not pretend that we have been voting secretly.
Danish women will appreciate that.
I would appreciate a reply to this.
American companies will probably also appreciate in the long term that they are missing something by not being involved in this development.
I appreciate we have obligations under the treaties to two different locations but we should make sure that these are not expanded.