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 The world now faces the opposite problem: a dollar in high demand, prone to dangerous appreciation. The Economist, "Multi-coloured swap shop The dollar is in high demand, prone to dangerous appreciation," 21 Mar. 2020 Yet nothing in Trump’s demeanor suggested any appreciation for the gravity of the situation. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "The President Who Wasn’t There," 13 Mar. 2020 Learning about our exceptional native plants, their habitats and stories, is not only enjoyable but also deepens our relationship to and appreciation of the places around us. Matt Ritter, Sunset Magazine, "Find the Real Super Blooms This Summer with the Ultimate Floral Road Trip," 6 Mar. 2020 Over the years, though, the critiques — and appreciation — came to center on the movie’s . Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, "Review: An ‘Elm Street’ actor’s nightmare may finally be over," 27 Feb. 2020 Others have written Calzuro appreciations before me. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Claire Saffitz Introduced Me to My Favorite New Clogs," 10 Feb. 2020 In the coming weeks, the host committee is expected to announce the locations of the July 11 media welcome party and the July 17 volunteer appreciation party. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "2020 Host Committee for DNC tries to show it's back on track by announcing delegate party at Summerfest grounds," 7 Feb. 2020 Hopefully, as the local appreciation has grown, so too will that of those visiting. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Some of Peru's Oldest Ruins Are Right in the Middle of Lima," 27 Jan. 2020 Indigenous songs, as detailed bio-cultural archives, are avenues for gaining a more nuanced and complex appreciation of ecosystems, including humans’ place within them. Popular Science, "Ecological secrets hide between the notes of indigenous songs," 6 Jan. 2020

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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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28 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Appreciation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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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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How to pronounce appreciation (audio)

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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