AskDefine | Define appreciate

Dictionary Definition



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 photographs" [syn: prize, value, treasure]
4 gain in value; "The yen appreciated again!" [syn: apprize, apprise, revalue] [ant: depreciate]
5 increase the value of; "The Germans want to appreciate the Deutsche Mark" [syn: apprize, apprise] [ant: depreciate]

User Contributed Dictionary



Originated 1645–55 from Medieval Latin appreciatus (valued or appraised), from Late Latin appretiatus (appraised), equivalent to Latin ap- + preti(um) (price) + -atus.


  • /əˈpɹɪ.ʃi.eɪt/, /@"pr\i:SieIt/


  1. to be grateful or thankful for.
    I appreciate your efforts
  2. to view as valuable.
    You must learn to appreciate time
  3. to be fully conscious of; be aware of; detect.
    To test the power of bees to appreciate color.
  4. to increase in value.
    The value of his portfolio appreciated by 80% over eight years.

Usage notes


Related terms


to be grateful for something
to value highly
to be aware of
to increase in value


  • American Heritage 2000
  • Kernerman
  • Webster 1913
  • WordNet 2003

Extensive Definition

Appreciation is a term used in accounting relating to the increase in value of an asset. In this sense it is the reverse of depreciation, which measures the fall in value of assets over their normal life-time.
Appreciation is a rise of a currency in a floating exchange rate.
In times of high inflation, appreciation will be common to all balance sheet assets. Generally, the term is reserved for property or, more specifically, land and buildings. In any viable modern economy, such property tends to increase in value over the years - if only because of the scarcity of usable land forces its price in a competitive situation. However, this belief has often caused speculative bubbles to arise.
There are considerable difficulties in assessing the increase in value of any particular asset. This is principally because of the variety of interpretations that can be attached to the word value itself and due to the various instruments and methods used in the valuation process.
Appreciation is also a term meaning an expression of gratitude.

External links

  • Yee, Kenton K., "Opportunities Knocking: Residual Income Valuation of an Adaptive Firm" . Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 225-266, Summer 2000.
appreciate in Czech: Apreciace
appreciate in Polish: Aprecjacja pieniądza

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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