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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Synonyms & Antonyms for appreciation



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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 unprecedented housing shortage in North Texas and around the country is fueling unheard of home price appreciation and a frenzy among buyers who are desperate to put a roof over their heads. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 28 May 2021 As for fishing, Mr. Maclean writes that angling with his father gave him an appreciation for both heaven and hell. Bill Heavey, WSJ, 26 May 2021 Telling his story gave me a deeper and richer appreciation for what love can conquer and how personal achievement is inextricably linked to true belief and devotion. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 19 May 2021 That experience was transcendental and gave me a newfound appreciation for the wilds of nature and my own inner strength. Dalton Ross,, 14 May 2021 And those Buccaneers units that featured QB-harassers such as Warren Sapp and Simeon Rice gave him a lasting appreciation of the transformative impact of a dominant defensive line. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Apr. 2021 This provides a deeper appreciation for the majestic animals as well as a fun, engaging way to immerse yourself in Texas Hill Country ranch culture. Roger Sands, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 And although our survival no longer relies entirely on these cues, watching the seasons — a practice called phenology — inspires a deeper appreciation for the workings of nature and our impacts on it. Star Tribune, 11 Mar. 2021 While chefs in city centers reboot relationships with small local farmers, consumers will continue their curiosity and deeper appreciation for the true cost of food. Erik Oberholtzer, Rolling Stone, 8 Mar. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'appreciation.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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1 Jun 2021

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“Appreciation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 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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