ap·pre·ci·a·tion | \ ə-ˌprē-shē-ˈā-shən , -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

Chick-fil-A fans have been lining up all day to show their appreciation for the brand – and the Eat Mor Chikin cows – during the restaurant’s 14th annual Cow Appreciation Day. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Chick-fil-A lovers line up for 'Cow Appreciation Day,' flaunt cow costumes," 10 July 2018 Some fans wanted to show their appreciation by supporting Korean culture. Cady Lang, Time, "All It Took Was Beating Germany to Unite Mexico and South Korea World Cup Fans," 27 June 2018 Many fans took to twitter to show their appreciation for the gesture, even including rival supporters, such as Evertonians., "Liverpool Legend Surprisingly Turns Up at Fan's Wedding After Being Invited on Instagram," 14 June 2018 Chanden Meisenholder was there to show appreciation, too. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Exclusive: Jason Seaman opens up after Noblesville shooting," 13 June 2018 Always remember to show appreciation for those who saw your potential and assisted you. Diane E. Whalen,, "Florence mayor to grads: 'There's more to the world than Instagram, Snapchat'," 10 June 2018 In all cases the gift was supposed to have come from a close social connection (either a friend or a relative), so part of the act of using it was to show appreciation for its receipt. The Economist, "Another’s wasted investment is as disturbing as one’s own," 31 May 2018 One recent graduate wanted to show their appreciation for a teacher, and waited 21 years to invite a former educator to their graduation. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "This Student Invited Her Middle School Teacher to Her Harvard Graduation," 29 May 2018 Sportsmanship and camaraderie were also winners, though, with a generous host showing its appreciation for a guest operating through a trying circumstance. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Sportsmanship And Generosity The Winners Before And After NVL Softball Showdown," 19 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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13 Sep 2018

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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 \

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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