ap·​pre·​cia·​tive ə-ˈprē-shə-tiv How to pronounce appreciative (audio) -ˈpri- How to pronounce appreciative (audio)
 also  -ˈprē-shē-ˌā-
: having or showing appreciation
an appreciative audience
was appreciative of his good luck
appreciatively adverb
appreciativeness noun

Examples of appreciative in a Sentence

his latest novel has received a number of appreciative reviews very appreciative after we helped him change his flat tire
Recent Examples on the Web This dual focus ensures your team can effectively deliver your product or service while also fostering a more informed and appreciative customer base. Ryan Godinho, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 California Mistrial declared in case of L.A. cop who fatally shot mentally disabled man at Costco Jan. 18, 2024 Michael Schwartz, Sanchez’s attorney, said the former officer was appreciative of the attorney general’s decision. Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2024 But in what felt like classic Lions fashion, the team could not hold on to a 24-7 halftime lead over the San Francisco 49ers, leaving fans despondent while appreciative. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 30 Jan. 2024 The community responses were mixed, with some people appreciative but others upset about the timing of when the plows came through their neighborhoods. Jim Riccioli, Journal Sentinel, 17 Jan. 2024 The legion gets more customers, and Matthews has room to grow and a new and appreciative customer base. Jared Kaufman, Twin Cities, 11 Jan. 2024 Here are some easy ways to be a better friend to your girlfriends this month and beyond. Be appreciative: Sometimes, our friends feel taken for granted. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 12 Feb. 2024 In a short time, Mallory has found the community there endearing to them and appreciative of her mom's legacy. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2024 Youth sports is big business, leveraging parents’ desire to see their children succeed, early, often and in front of appreciative crowds. Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1698, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of appreciative was circa 1698

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“Appreciative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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