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appreciate


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Appreciate  \Ap*pre"ci*ate\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Appreciated}; 
  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Appreciating}.]  [L.  appretiatus  p.  p.  of 
  appretiare  to  value  at  a  price,  appraise;  ad  +  pretiare  to 
  prize,  pretium  price.  Cf  {Appraise}.] 
  1.  To  set  a  price  or  value  on  to  estimate  justly;  to  value. 
 
  To  appreciate  the  motives  of  their  enemies. 
  --Gibbon. 
 
  3.  To  raise  the  value  of  to  increase  the  market  price  of  -- 
  opposed  to  {depreciate}.  [U.S.] 
 
  Lest  a  sudden  peace  should  appreciate  the  money. 
  --Ramsay. 
 
  4.  To  be  sensible  of  to  distinguish. 
 
  To  test  the  power  of  bees  to  appreciate  color. 
  --Lubbock. 
 
  Syn:  To  {Appreciate},  {Estimate},  {Esteem}. 
 
  Usage:  Estimate  is  an  act  of  judgment;  esteem  is  an  act  of 
  valuing  or  prizing,  and  when  applied  to  individuals, 
  denotes  a  sentiment  of  moral  approbation.  See 
  {Estimate}.  Appreciate  lies  between  the  two  As 
  compared  with  estimate,  it  supposes  a  union  of 
  sensibility  with  judgment,  producing  a  nice  and 
  delicate  perception.  As  compared  with  esteem,  it 
  denotes  a  valuation  of  things  according  to  their 
  appropriate  and  distinctive  excellence,  and  not  simply 
  their  moral  worth.  Thus  with  reference  to  the  former 
  of  these  (delicate  perception),  an  able  writer  says. 
  ``Women  have  a  truer  appreciation  of  character  than 
  men;''  and  another  remarks,  ``It  is  difficult  to 
  appreciate  the  true  force  and  distinctive  sense  of 
  terms  which  we  are  every  day  using.''  So  also  we 
  speak  of  the  difference  between  two  things  as 
  sometimes  hardly  appreciable.  With  reference  to  the 
  latter  of  these  (that  of  valuation  as  the  result  of  a 
  nice  perception),  we  say  ``It  requires  a  peculiar 
  cast  of  character  to  appreciate  the  poetry  of 
  Wordsworth;''  ``He  who  has  no  delicacy  himself,  can 
  not  appreciate  it  in  others;''  ``The  thought  of  death 
  is  salutary,  because  it  leads  us  to  appreciate  worldly 
  things  aright.''  Appreciate  is  much  used  in  cases 
  where  something  is  in  danger  of  being  overlooked  or 
  undervalued;  as  when  we  speak  of  appreciating  the 
  difficulties  of  a  subject,  or  the  risk  of  an 
  undertaking.  So  Lord  Plunket,  referring  to  an 
  ``ominous  silence''  which  prevailed  among  the  Irish 
  peasantry,  says,  ``If  you  knew  how  to  appreciate  that 
  silence,  it  is  more  formidable  than  the  most  clamorous 
  opposition.''  In  like  manner,  a  person  who  asks  some 
  favor  of  another  is  apt  to  say  ``I  trust  you  will 
  appreciate  my  motives  in  this  request.''  Here  we  have 
  the  key  to  a  very  frequent  use  of  the  word  It  is 
  hardly  necessary  to  say  that  appreciate  looks  on  the 
  favorable  side  of  things  we  never  speak  of 
  appreciating  a  man's  faults,  but  his  merits.  This  idea 
  of  regarding  things  favorably  appears  more  fully  in 
  the  word  appreciative;  as  when  we  speak  of  an 
  appreciative  audience,  or  an  appreciative  review, 
  meaning  one  that  manifests  a  quick  perception  and  a 
  ready  valuation  of  excellence. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Appreciate  \Ap*pre"ci*ate\,  v.  i. 
  To  rise  in  value.  [See  note  under  {Rise},  v.  i.]  --J.  Morse. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  appreciate 
  v  1:  recognize  with  gratitude;  be  grateful  for 
  2:  be  fully  aware  of  realize  fully;  "Do  you  appreciate  the 
  full  meaning  of  this  letter?"  [syn:  {take  account}] 
  3:  hold  dear;  "I  prize  these  old  phtographs"  [syn:  {prize},  {value}, 
  {treasure}] 
  4:  gain  in  value,  as  of  a  currency;  "The  yen  appreciated 
  again!"  [syn:  {revalue}]  [ant:  {depreciate}] 
  5:  increase  the  value,  as  of  a  currency  [ant:  {depreciate}] 




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