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.
Recent Examples on the Web Even Komireddi, a mordant critic of Indian politics, ends his book with an appreciation of what the Congress Party had built before. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 Swed caps off his own extraordinary week with an appreciation of Romanian pianist Radu Lupu, who died Sunday. Jessica Geltstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2022 Readers will walk away with a newfound appreciation for the important role marijuana has played in recent American history and culture. Christian Holub,, 20 Apr. 2022 Page after page, Walker writes some of the best prose in the genre, attending to both human relationships and the texture of everyday life with a sensuous appreciation. Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2022 Those latter factors have historically correlated with home price appreciation. Fortune, 14 Apr. 2022 Making valuable and worthwhile connections for clients is always met with appreciation. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 That starts with an appreciation of this precious place. Minerva Orduño Rincón, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2022 Ray is young and impulsive, prone to make mistakes but also a man of integrity with a deep appreciation of music. Oline H. Cogdill,, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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“Appreciation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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