Originated 1645–55 from Medieval Latin appreciatus (“valued or appraised”), from Late Latin appretiatus (“appraised”), from ap- (form of ad- (“towards”)) + Latin preti(um) (“price”) (English precious) + -atus.
Cognate to French apprécier. Latin root also origin of English appraise, which has various Romance cognates.
appreciate (third-person singular simple present appreciates, present participle appreciating, simple past and past participle appreciated)
- (transitive) To be grateful or thankful for.
- (transitive) To view as valuable.
- (transitive) To be fully conscious of; understand; be aware of; detect.
- (intransitive, transitive) To increase in value.