Definition of appreciation
1a : a feeling or expression of admiration, approval, or gratitude I want to express my appreciation for all you've done. a small token of our appreciationb : judgment, evaluation; especially : a favorable critical estimatec : sensitive awareness; especially : recognition of aesthetic values a class in music appreciation
2 : increase in value
Examples of appreciation in a Sentence
You've been so generous, and I'd like to show my appreciation by cooking a meal for you.
She's shown little appreciation for the effort you've made.
I'm not sure you have an appreciation of the complexity of the situation.
I've gained an appreciation for the skills involved in the game.
Recent Examples of appreciation from the Web
All our soldiers deserve our respect and appreciation.
About 150 of those were Marshall Scholars, who studied in England through a scholarship program established by Parliament in appreciation for the Marshall Plan.
Amateur painter and sculptor Harvey S. Ladew had a keen appreciation of art in many forms — painting, traditional sculpture, garden design and of course, the art of topiary.
One person, who was obviously paying attention in art appreciation class, noticed the irony that most people missed.
African-Americans who were forced to live in apartments and not be homeowners gained none of that appreciation.
In addition to his magazine pieces and NPR commentaries, Deford wrote more than a dozen books, including a poignant appreciation of his daughter, Alex, who died of cystic fibrosis in 1980 at age 8.
There should be reflection and appreciation from a career that has spanned five decades.
Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital LLC, which owned 3.6 percent of GM’s shares as of March 31, seeks to replace three of 11 board members and split the stock into two classes -- one tracking capital appreciation, the other, dividends -- to unlock value.
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Origin and Etymology of appreciation
First Known Use: 1604
APPRECIATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of appreciation for English Language Learners
: a feeling of being grateful for something
: an ability to understand the worth, quality, or importance of something : an ability to appreciate something
: full awareness or understanding of something
APPRECIATION Defined for Kids
Definition of appreciation for Students
1 : a feeling of being grateful Let me express my appreciation for your help.
2 : awareness or understanding of worth or value She studied art appreciation.
3 : a rise in value
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