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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 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.

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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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