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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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 Like other astronauts before her, photographing Earth and regarding it during her spacewalks has given her a new appreciation for her home. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Astronaut Christina Koch spent a record-breaking 328 days in space. Here's what she did," 5 Feb. 2020 This experience has given me a far better appreciation for friends and colleagues who pack lunches for themselves, their partners and their children every day. Washington Post, "Better breakfasts, less takeout, more togetherness: Our 2020 food resolutions," 3 Feb. 2020 Hopefully The Bachelor and its fans have a new appreciation for Cleveland after all is said and done. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "The Bachelor Contestants Had Hilarious Reactions to Their First Trip With Peter," 28 Jan. 2020 The announcement reflects Boeing’s new appreciation for the challenges facing the company in its effort to persuade regulators that the Max is ready to fly. Natalie Kitroeff, New York Times, "Boeing Pushes Back 737 Max Return Again," 21 Jan. 2020 Most of us take the English language for granted, but Bagels, Bumf, and Buses will give you a new appreciation for the words you likely use many times each day. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Ars To-Be-Read: Five books we’re most excited to read in 2020," 29 Dec. 2019 From the shores of Normandy, where the allies first landed on D-Day, to the forests deep in the Belgian Ardennes, there remains a deep appreciation for what the soldiers did., "Sometimes, Schmetz said, there were over 200 bodies a day, casualties of one of the bloodiest and most important battles in World War II: The Battle of the Bulge which started 75 years ago on Monday and effectively sealed the defeat of Nazi Germany.," 16 Dec. 2019 From the shores of Normandy, where the allies first landed on D-Day, to the forests deep in the Belgian Ardennes, there remains a deep appreciation for what the soldiers did. Arkansas Online, "75 years on, Battle of the Bulge memories bond people," 15 Dec. 2019 Now that Bear is expecting a baby boy of his own with ex-fiancée Raiven Adams, fatherhood seems to have given him a whole new appreciation for the Brown family patriarch. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Alaskan Bush People's Bear Brown Shared an Emotional Tribute to His Father," 11 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of appreciation was in 1604

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18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Appreciation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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