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appreciate verb

1 recognize good qualities

ADV. really | fully, properly The sound quality was poor so we couldn't fully appreciate the music.

2 be grateful

ADV. deeply, greatly, really, very much We do really appreciate your help.

3 understand

ADV. fully, properly I fully appreciate your concern. We will do all in our power to help. | easily, readily The problems should be easily appreciated.

VERB + APPRECIATE fail to The government failed to appreciate the fact that voters were angry.

PHRASES be generally/widely appreciated It is generally appreciated that the rail network needs a complete overhaul.