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verb     appreciate pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleappreciating
past tenseappreciated
past participleappreciated
  1. 1
    [transitive] [never progressive] to understand the true nature of a situation, and realize why it is important or serious

    I began to appreciate the difficulties my father had faced.

    appreciate how/why/what etc.:

    Doctors are only now beginning to appreciate how dangerous this drug can be.

    appreciate that:

    We appreciate that you cannot make a decision immediately.

    fully appreciate:

    I don’t believe the President fully appreciates the complexity of the problem.

  2. 2
    [transitive] [never progressive] to recognize the good or special qualities of a person, place, or thing

    She feels that her family doesn’t really appreciate her.

    a restaurant that is popular with people who appreciate good service and fine wines

    1. a.
      to realize that someone has good qualities and that they are important
      be truly/properly appreciated:

      Many of the office workers feel that they are not properly appreciated.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to be grateful for something

    I appreciate this opportunity to put my point of view to the committee.

    I really appreciate all your help.

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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