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 appreciation>b : 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.
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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