I. verb — [with obj.] 1. recognize the full worth of • she feels that he does not appreciate her.
2. be grateful for (something) • I’d appreciate any information you could give me.
3. understand (a situation) fully; grasp the full implications of • they failed to appreciate the pressure he was under
• [with clause]
I appreciate that you cannot be held totally responsible.
4. [no obj.] — rise in value or price • the dollar appreciated against the euro by 15 per cent.
II. derivatives 1. appreciator noun
2. appreciatory /əˈpriːʃ(ɪ)ət(ə)ri / adjective
– origin mid 16th cent.: from late Latin appretiat- ‘set at a price, appraised’, from the verb appretiare, from ad- ‘to’ + pretium ‘price’.