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


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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Recent Examples on the Web

My appreciation for the artisanal heritage of the American Midwest stems from a non-traditional upbringing on the waterways of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and how these experiences in this heavy metal landscape shaped my identity as a designer. Tahirah Hairston, Teen Vogue, "Teen Vogue Generation Designer Elena Velez Is Challenging The Idea of Femininity," 10 Sep. 2019 The real Stevenson also shared his appreciation for the people who brought the case to the big screen. Joey Nolfi,, "Michael B. Jordan gets emotional over 'real-life superheroes' at Just Mercy premiere," 7 Sep. 2019 Bring a gift to show your appreciation for the host’s hospitality. Christen A. Johnson,, "Think again about keeping your bed to yourself when overnight guests stay — especially if they’re older," 7 Sep. 2019 Giving in on some points may even add to your appreciation of the trip. Shivani Vora, Washington Post, "Going on a ‘friendcation’? Nine tips to ensure you’ll still be speaking after the trip.," 6 Sep. 2019 Chef-owner George Chen’s version engages with that concept without irony; instead, the dish reflects his sincere appreciation for luxury and flash. Soleil Ho,, "In fine dining, soup is the ultimate humblebrag," 2 Sep. 2019 There’s an immediate spark between the two, who are over 20 years apart, and what keeps audiences hooked is that the precise nature of their mutual appreciation isn’t immediately clear. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Madre': Film Review | Venice 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Little Big Town, and Zac Brown Band are just a few acts who shared their appreciation of their recognition on social media following the reveal. Annie Reuter, Billboard, "Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum & More React to 2019 CMA Nominations: 'What a Way to Start the Day!'," 28 Aug. 2019 Representatives from the charities, the GHBA and the builder/developer teams showed their appreciation of the record donations by saying a few words. Houston Chronicle, "Chesmar honors vendors, trades donating to Benefit home effort," 24 Aug. 2019

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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 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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