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- UK [əˈpriːʃɪˌeɪt] / US [əˈprɪʃɪˌeɪt]
Word forms "appreciate":
present tense I/you/we/they appreciate he/she/it appreciates present participle appreciating past tense appreciated past participle appreciated1) [transitive, never progressive] to understand the true nature of a situation, and realize why it is important or seriousappreciate how/why/what etc:
I began to appreciate the difficulties my father had faced.appreciate that:
Doctors are only now beginning to appreciate how dangerous this drug can be.fully appreciate:
We appreciate that you cannot make a decision immediately.
I don't believe the Prime Minister fully appreciates the complexity of the problem.2)a) [transitive, never progressive] to recognize the good or special qualities of a person, place, or thing
She feels that her family doesn't really appreciate her.
a restaurant that is popular with people who appreciate good service and fine winesb) to realize that someone has good qualities and that they are importantbe truly/properly appreciated:
Many of the junior staff feel they are not properly appreciated.3) [transitive] to be grateful for something
I appreciate this opportunity to put my point of view to the committee.
I really appreciate all your help.4) [intransitive] if something appreciates, its value increases gradually•
I/we etc would appreciate it if...— spoken used for politely asking someone to do something, especially when you are slightly annoyed
We'd appreciate it if you didn't smoke in here.
English dictionary. 2014.