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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The family would like to express its most sincere and heartfelt appreciation for the tireless and compassionate care Martha received at Carol Woods as her health declined. Hartford Courant,, "Martha W. Trull," 10 July 2018 The crowds oooh and aaah, shouting the names of historic pyrotechnic guilds like Kagiya and Tamaya to express their appreciation. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "'Fire Flowers' Dazzle in Gorgeous Photos of Japanese Fireworks," 4 July 2018 As Americans prepare to express their appreciation for the blessings of liberty this week, there is also cause to appreciate rising prosperity in the U.S. Yet many economists wonder how long the good times can last. James Freeman, WSJ, "How Long Can the Trump Bump Last?," 2 July 2018 This gave her a profound and personal appreciation for both the importance and the overwhelming expense of medical imaging. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break, week 3: Mary Lou Jepsen and peering into the brain," 28 June 2018 The family expresses our sincere and deep appreciation for the many prayers, support and kind expressions of sympathy from our many friends. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 5/27," 27 May 2018 Dutschke had little appreciation for the surreal and the absurd sides of leftist politics, and his influence stemmed from his modesty and inclusiveness. Alan Wolfe, The New Republic, "A Most Violent Year," 18 May 2018 The family expresses their sincere appreciation for the loving care from Trustbridge, their doctors, nurses, and staff, who cared for Harvey at his home during the last few months of his life., "Deaths in South Florida: 3/18," 18 Mar. 2018 Jenelle Rolli expressed her appreciation for the wide selection of options students were given to participate. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Catholic Memorial students say faith-based activities accomplish more than walkouts," 14 Mar. 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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