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

During the excitement leading up to this weekend's show, Spencer posted a few pics on Instagram, expressing her appreciation for the opportunity. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Princess Diana's Niece Lady Kitty Spencer Just Walked in the Dolce & Gabbana Show," 24 Sep. 2018 Rossum also expressed her appreciation for her co-workers on the comedy-drama. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "'Shameless' actress Emmy Rossum's departure from Showtime program gets support from co-star Emma Kenney," 9 Sep. 2018 In an email exchange, Meshke expressed appreciation for ABC's response to her allegation. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "ABC cancels 'The Proposal' episode with a Milwaukee man because he's accused of facilitating a sexual assault," 22 June 2018 Still, each one expressed appreciation for what her body does for her and a growing sense of peace with its appearance. Meredith Clark, Allure, "We Asked Six Women to Bare Their Cellulite, and the Results Are Breathtaking," 18 Apr. 2018 Wegmans management shows appreciation by offering its employees flexible scheduling, upward of $50 million a year in training programs and awarding them millions in college scholarships. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Plymouth Colony and the Business Case for Gratitude," 25 Nov. 2018 Although John's likable demeanor is very different from Castle's arrogant attitude, fans are absolutely loving Fillion in this role—and many Twitter users took to the platform to show their appreciation for LAPD's newest officer. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Nathan Fillion's New Show 'The Rookie' Just Premiered and Fans Are Losing It," 17 Oct. 2018 Our National Anthem is one of the methods we as American citizens have always used to show our appreciation to all military service members, past or present, alive or dead. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Florida restaurant cancels NFL package over national anthem protests," 2 Oct. 2018 The chain is showing its appreciation for nurses who dine in at participating restaurants by offering a free burrito, bowl, salad or tacos with purchase of another. Doreen Christensen,, "Chipotle: Free eats for nurses on June 5," 4 June 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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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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to gather or build up little by little

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