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English Dictionary: appreciating by the DICT Development Group
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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.
      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.
      4. To be sensible of; to distinguish.
                     To test the power of bees to appreciate color.
      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.
                  [bd]Women have a truer appreciation of character than
                  men;[b8] and another remarks, [bd]It is difficult to
                  appreciate the true force and distinctive sense of
                  terms which we are every day using.[b8] 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, [bd]It requires a peculiar
                  cast of character to appreciate the poetry of
                  Wordsworth;[b8] [bd]He who has no delicacy himself,
                  can not appreciate it in others;[b8] [bd]The thought
                  of death is salutary, because it leads us to
                  appreciate worldly things aright.[b8] 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 [bd]ominous silence[b8] which prevailed among the
                  Irish peasantry, says, [bd]If you knew how to
                  appreciate that silence, it is more formidable than
                  the most clamorous opposition.[b8] In like manner, a
                  person who asks some favor of another is apt to say,
                  [bd]I trust you will appreciate my motives in this
                  request.[b8] 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.
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