• WordNet 3.6
    • v appreciate increase the value of "The Germans want to appreciate the Deutsche Mark"
    • v appreciate gain in value "The yen appreciated again!"
    • v appreciate be fully aware of; realize fully "Do you appreciate the full meaning of this letter?"
    • v appreciate recognize with gratitude; be grateful for
    • v appreciate hold dear "I prize these old photographs"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When you give someone roses, the color can have a meaning. The meaning of rose colors: Red = Love and respect, Deep pink = Gratitude, appreciation, Light pink = Admiration, sympathy White = Reverence, humility, Yellow = Joy, gladness,Orange = Enthusiasm, desire, Red & yellow blend = Gaiety, joviality,Pale blended tones = Sociability, friendship
    • Appreciate To be sensible of; to distinguish. "To test the power of bees to appreciate color."
    • Appreciate To raise the value of; to increase the market price of; -- opposed to depreciate. "Lest a sudden peace should appreciate the money."
    • v. i Appreciate To rise in value. [See note under Rise v. i.
    • Appreciate To set a price or value on; to estimate justly; to value. "To appreciate the motives of their enemies."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Little known, and even less appreciated, the United States actually has a mothers-in-law day.
    • appreciate To value; set a price or value on; estimate the commercial worth of.
    • appreciate To esteem duly; place a sufficiently high estimate on; recognize the quality or worth of: as, his great ability was not appreciated.
    • appreciate To be fully conscious of; be aware of; detect; perceive the nature or effect of.
    • appreciate To raise in value; advance the exchange, quotation, or price of: opposed to depreciate.
    • appreciate Synonyms Value, Prize, Esteem, Estimate, Appreciate. Value and estimate commonly imply a comparison with a standard of commercial worth: as, to value a picture at so much; to estimate its value at so much. To prize is to value highly, generally for other than pecuniary reasons, and suggesting the notion of reluctance to lose. Thus, we prize a book for its contents or associations; we prize a friend for his affection for us. To esteem is sometimes simply to think: as, I esteem him a scoundrel; sometimes to value: as, I esteem it lightly; sometimes to have a high opinion of or set a high value on: as, I esteem him for his own sake; in its highest sense it implies moral approbation. Estimating is an act of computation or judgment, and wholly without feeling or moral approbation: as, to estimate the size of a room, the weight of a stone, the literary excellence of a book, the character of a person. (See esteem, n., for comparison of corresponding nouns.) Appreciate is to set a just value on; it implies the use of wise judgment or delicate perception: as, he appreciated the quality of the work. With this perception naturally goes a corresponding intellectual valuation and moral esteem: as, they knew how to appreciate his worth. Appreciate often implies also that the thing appreciated is likely to be overlooked or underestimated. It is commonly used of good things: as, I understood his wickedness; I realized or recognized his folly; I appreciated his virtue or wisdom. Compare such phrases as an appreciative audience, a few appreciative words, appreciation of merit.
    • appreciate To rise in value; become of more value: as, public securities appreciated when the debt was funded.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Appreciate ap-prē′shi-āt to estimate justly, to be fully sensible of all the good qualities in the thing judged: to estimate highly: to raise in value, to advance the quotation or price of, as opposed to depreciate
    • v.i Appreciate to rise in value
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  • Igor Stravinsky
    Igor Stravinsky
    “The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music; they should be taught to love it instead.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “I showed my appreciation of my native land in the usual Irish way: by getting out of it as soon as I possibly could.”
  • Grant Hill
    Grant Hill
    “Parents, they're strict on you when you're little, and you don't understand why. But as you get older, you understand and you appreciate it.”
  • Jo Coudert
    Jo Coudert
    “In order to plan your future wisely, it is necessary that you understand and appreciate your past.”
  • George W. Crane
    George W. Crane
    “Appreciative words are the most powerful force for good on earth!”
  • Marquis De Vauvenargues
    “Men sometimes feel injured by praise because it assigns a limit to their merit; few people are modest enough not to take offense that one appreciates them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. appretiatus, p. p. of appretiare, to value at a price, appraise; ad, + pretiare, to prize, pretium, price. Cf. Appraise


In literature:

Of the parables in particular, as of the Scriptures generally, it is true that faith is necessary to the full appreciation of their meaning.
"The Parables of Our Lord" by William Arnot
Miss Standish was willing to take any amount of trouble; all she asked was to be appreciated.
"Flint" by Maud Wilder Goodwin
The instruments of Gabrielli are now becoming better known and appreciated.
"The Violin" by George Hart
I never can tell you and your father my appreciation of your kindnesses.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
Do not measure our appreciation by the length of time it has taken me to reply.
"How to Write Letters (Formerly The Book of Letters)" by Mary Owens Crowther
The early New Englanders appreciated fully that education is an essential of potential equality.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various
If we would appreciate our own morals and religion we are often advised to consider primitive man and his institutions.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
Yet behind the automatic efficiency of his thought lay an ironical appreciation of his tasks.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
They appreciate friendship and especially gratitude.
"Dollars and Sense" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
Inspiring as the spectacle was, however, it did not appreciably help matters.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander

In poetry:

Some heart that appreciates each little kindness,
That knows all my feelings, tho' oft unexpressed,
That sees not my faults with a passionate blindness,
But clings to my soul when 'tis sorely distressed.
"Kindred Spirits" by Jared Barhite
there in the hall, flat on a sheet of blood that
ran down the stairs. I did appreciate it. There are few
hosts who so thoroughly prepare to greet a guest
only casually invited, and that several months ago.
"Call Me" by Frank O Hara
True, England does not need our help to smite her present foe;
There's little on the surface, but much going on below;
Aye, others worse than Kruger, with hostile hearts unseen,
Appreciate the meaning of that loud "God Save the Queen."
"The Transvaal Contingent" by Anonymous Oceania
'Twas one of her practical drives--she thought I'd understand!
But I'll never break sod again till I get the lay of the land.
But one thing's settled with me--to appreciate heaven well,
'Tis good for a man to have some fifteen minutes of hell.
"Gone With A Handsomer Man" by William McKendree Carleton
'Twas one of her practical drives—she thought I'd understand!
But I'll never break sod again till I get the lay of the land.
But one thing's settled with me—to appreciate heaven well,
'Tis good for a man to have some fifteen minutes of hell.
"Gone With A Handsomer Man" by Will McKendree Carleton
Said the Spider: "I appreciate your most peculiar case,
And your feet must be quite handy when you want to run a race;
But though you gain in some ways, in some other ways you lose;
And, of course, my friend, you must be quite extravagant in shoes."
"The Two Friends" by Carolyn Wells

In news:

Fort Bliss' Military Retiree Appreciation Day chock-full of info.
Call us cynical, but most "food holidays" seem like a not-very-subtle way to drive profits towards a somewhat under-appreciated (meaning, under-purchased) food.
I usually ignore strange food celebrations — and there area dozens of them — such as National Peanut Butter Day or kumquat appreciation month.
Having been morbidly fascinated with Noam Chomsky for decades and having written about him on several occasions, (and even engaged in some private correspondence with him), I appreciate Arch Puddington's assessment of his newfound popularity.
Hats off to Estherville businesses, which put forth a great effort in showing the customers how much they are appreciated during Chuck Wagon Day on Thursday.
Here's one you can appreciate.
Lemon ice cream can be hard to find — Mary Beth Nolan's lemon semifreddo is a cool, creamy option for people who appreciate yellow citrus after dinner.
New Jersey City University 's Art Blakey Combo kicked off WBGO's annual celebration of student ensembles with a live performance in our studios in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month.
Roots music fans appreciate authenticity more than fading rock stars.
Hair stylists find a market, and an appreciative clientele , by setting up shop in Bend's long-term residential care facilities.
Instead of fine-tuning after having clinched a division title or wild-card berth, they were a sub-.500 team motivated by professional pride on Fan Appreciation Night.
The music companies lash back, complaining that Napster users have no appreciation of their hard work.
Ruiz and Palme d'Or might go unnoticed by some, but those who appreciate fine French fare know just where to go for the best — except Sundays and Mondays, when the place is closed.
Giorgio Napolitano called the director to say he "appreciated" the film, while newspapers said its chances for an Oscar candidacy could be hurt by the lack of a major prize.
Scholars who talk about America's "civic religion" often don't appreciate the half of it.

In science:

However, itself an appreciation of one picture as usual, and of the other as unusual and wonderful - this is not yet the physics.
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
This is especially easy to appreciate if the initial state has been taken as the equipartition over some small bounded subset of the phase space (the “phase drop” with small, but non-zero volume).
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
Carlson are greatly appreciated and have been crucial to the completion of this work.
Coarse graining and control theory model reduction
Although the ribosome loading might varying slightly along the chain, this variation occurs only near the ends and does not appreciably affect the equilibrium end-to-end distributions.
Ribosome recycling, diffusion, and mRNA loop formation in translational regulation
As a first step, we have simply assumed a scenario in which the elongation rates do not vary appreciably over the coding region.
Ribosome recycling, diffusion, and mRNA loop formation in translational regulation