ap·​pre·​ci·​a·​tion | \ ə-ˌprē-shē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce appreciation (audio) , -ˌpri- also -ˌprē-sē-\

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 estimate
c : sensitive awareness especially : recognition of aesthetic values a class in music appreciation
2 : increase in value

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Synonyms & Antonyms for appreciation


account, admiration, esteem, estimation, favor, regard, respect



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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Meanwhile, Deliveroo, the company that employs the victim, showed their appreciation for Cumberbatch on Twitter. Michael Y. Park,, "Benedict Cumberbatch Fights Off Muggers, Plus More Ways Celebs Have Been Heroes," 4 June 2018 The Jazz fans certainly showed their appreciation when Mitchell fouled out in Game 4, giving him a standing ovation. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Donovan Mitchell on expletive-laced James Harden video: 'That's not who I am'," 8 May 2018 Some companies are offering discounts, freebies and deals to show their appreciation of the profession. Cameron Knight,, "Nurse Appreciation Week: Scrub sales, free Cinnabon and other deals," 7 May 2018 Following the appreciation ceremony, Zomchek announced that Lovell is looking into how the VA Mission Act, which was designed to improve veteran access to healthcare, would impact the center. Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, "North Chicago ceremony focuses on the 'rebuilding of the goodwill toward Vietnam veterans'," 20 June 2018 July 19 is customer appreciation day; $20 gets you admission and unlimited carnival rides from 3 p.m. to closing if purchased at the gate. Annie Alleman, Aurora Beacon-News, "County fairs are a throwback for bustling suburbs," 5 July 2018 Andrea helps coordinate and staff many special happenings on campus, including the Book Fair and staff appreciation days, said a district representative. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "PUSD names Volunteers of the Year for 2018," 21 June 2018 Most actual sibling relationships tend to go from forgiveness to ambivalence to appreciation and back again within the span of, like, a day. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "7 Things to Love About 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before'," 17 Aug. 2018 Both have received letters of appreciation and unit citations highlighting good work, the department said. David Harris,, "'No gross trauma' to neck of man who died after altercation with police inside Publix," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of appreciation

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for appreciation

see appreciate

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12 Apr 2019

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The first known use of appreciation was in 1604

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Financial Definition of appreciation

What It Is

Appreciation is an increase in the value of an investment.

How It Works

Let's assume you purchased one share of Company XYZ stock for $5. If that share's value increased to $7, the investment has appreciated by $2.

Note that even though the investment has appreciated by $2, you will not benefit unless you sell the stock and put $7 back in your pocket. If you do not sell, the appreciation is often referred to as “paper profit.”

Why It Matters

The definition of appreciation on InvestingAnswersAppreciation is the end goal for most investors. It is the founding principle upon which nearly every investment strategy rests. However, to realize the benefits of appreciation, the investment asset must be sold. This is generally considered a taxable event, meaning taxes will be due on some or all of the gains.

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English Language Learners Definition of appreciation

: 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


ap·​pre·​ci·​a·​tion | \ ə-ˌprē-shē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce appreciation (audio) \

Kids Definition of appreciation

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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likely to have or produce good results

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