noun ap·pre·ci·a·tion \ ə-ˌprē-shē-ˈā-shən , -ˌpri- also -ˌprē-sē- \
|Updated on: 5 Jul 2018
1 a : 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

Examples of appreciation in a Sentence

  1. You've been so generous, and I'd like to show my appreciation by cooking a meal for you.

  2. She's shown little appreciation for the effort you've made.

  3. I'm not sure you have an appreciation of the complexity of the situation.

  4. I've gained an appreciation for the skills involved in the game.

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Origin and Etymology of appreciation

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.

APPRECIATION Defined 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


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