WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ap•pre•ci•ate /əˈpriʃiˌeɪt/USA pronunciation v., -at•ed, -at•ing.
  1. [~ + object] to be grateful or thankful for:I appreciate your help.
  2. [~ + object] to value or regard highly:They appreciate good food.
  3. to be fully conscious of; be aware of;
    understand fully: [~ + object]She appreciates the dangers of the situation.[~ + that clause]I certainly can appreciate that the situation is difficult.
  4. [no object] to increase in value:The property appreciated rapidly.
See -preci-.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

appreciate /əˈpriːʃɪˌeɪt -sɪ-/ vb (mainly tr)
  1. to feel thankful or grateful for
  2. (may take a clause as object) to take full or sufficient account of: to appreciate a problem
  3. to value highly
  4. (usually intr) to raise or increase in value
Etymology: 17th Century: from Medieval Latin appretiāre to value, prize, from Latin pretium price

apˈpreciˌator n

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