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 But around her, Ampey sees restaurants booking reservations again, customers browsing the shops, and clients sliding into her chair with a sigh of relief and a new appreciation of her craft. Star Tribune, "Eager salons 'ready to cut that COVID hair'," 10 Apr. 2021 Now, there is a greater appreciation for benefits and allowances centered on a personalization to employee productivity, wellness and engagement. Srikanth Karra, Forbes, "Supporting Employee Well-Being In The New Normal Of Remote Work," 7 Apr. 2021 For some members of the autism community, the day also kicks off a month-long campaign toward greater acceptance and appreciation of autism. Matt Villano, CNN, "World Autism Awareness Day 2021: What you need to know," 2 Apr. 2021 In the smaller classes [of our elementary school], there was a real appreciation for the subjectivity of each person—what was special about them. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, "Elementary-School Friendships Are, at Age 70, a ‘Plumb Line to the Past’," 2 Apr. 2021 And after playing the shortest season since 1878, turning a marathon into a sprint, maybe there will be a deeper appreciation of the grueling sport. USA Today, "'Most anticipated opening day I've ever seen': 2021 MLB season begins, promising hope for the summer," 1 Apr. 2021 Actual human fans, at varying capacity levels, will see the return of baseball as usual: a six-month, everyday companion that should give us a new appreciation of the regular in regular season. New York Times, "Baseball Puts the Regular Back in Regular Season," 29 Mar. 2021 Movie buffs will recognise the declaration from the 1993 film True Romance, but the tattoo's symbolism might run deeper than an appreciation of the cult-favourite flick. Megan Decker,, "Travis Barker Just Gave Himself A Tattoo — & It Might Be For Kourtney," 28 Mar. 2021 Times critic Robert Lloyd has an appreciation of her smartly wicked acting persona. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Arts: A compelling anti-tourist California in new photo show," 27 Mar. 2021

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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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14 Apr 2021

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“Appreciation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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