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English definition of “appreciate”

appreciate

verb
 
 
/əˈpriːʃieɪt/
VALUE [T] B2 to understand how good something or someone is and be able to enjoy them: There's no point buying him expensive wines - he doesn't appreciate them.Understanding and comprehendingTaking pleasure in something
GRATEFUL [T] B2 to feel grateful for something: I'd really appreciate your help.Relieved and thankful
UNDERSTAND [T] to understand something about a situation, especially that it is complicated or difficult: [+ (that)] I appreciate that it is a difficult decision for you to make.Understanding and comprehending
INCREASE [I] formal to increase in value: Houses and antiques generally appreciate with time.Value and price increases
(Definition of appreciate from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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