ap·​pre·​cia·​tive | \ ə-ˈprē-shə-tiv How to pronounce appreciative (audio) , -ˈpri- How to pronounce appreciative (audio) also -ˈprē-shē-ˌā- \

Definition of appreciative

: having or showing appreciation an appreciative audience was appreciative of his good luck

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Other Words from appreciative

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 That is why teams have become increasingly appreciative of how the league constructed the schedule. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "How will NBA coaches handle season restart with no fans and practice limitations?," 7 July 2020 And an appreciative reader, Aliisa Lee, created this drawing, above, of Black Birders co-founder Corina Newsome. Dutch end mink farming: Until the coronavirus pandemic, the Netherlands was the world's fourth biggest producer of mink. National Geographic, "Is elephant poaching really declining?," 25 June 2020 Blanchard, reached by The News, was appreciative of Doncic’s tweet. Dallas News, "Separated from family during coronavirus pandemic, Luka Doncic got a big assist from US ambassador to Slovenia," 2 July 2020 Pride Edition podcast features an appreciative discussion about modern drag's pioneering foremothers of the ballroom scene. Ew Staff,, "How divine drag in Paris Is Burning evolved for RuPaul's Drag Race and beyond," 25 June 2020 While the caretakers have done yoga in the Coral Reef exhibit, where thousands of fish live, and before an audience of birds and insects in the Living roof, none of the other animals seem to be as appreciative as the penguins. Ananya Panchal,, "California Academy of Sciences has San Francisco’s most beautiful yoga class," 4 June 2020 Whitmer said while the state is appreciative for the federal assistance, information about the types of swabs and other testing supplies being delivered is sometimes inaccurate. USA TODAY, "Subway changes, school schedules, parks shortfalls: News from around our 50 states," 4 June 2020 Blake Miller is appreciative of where his recruiting process is right now. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "2022 Strongsville OT Blake Miller humbled by Clemson offer, joining Ohio State football, Michigan among others: Buckeyes Recruiting," 3 June 2020 The San Jacinto team ended up distributing approximately 500 face shields to PMC personnel by the beginning of April and staff, said Coggins, were appreciative. Yvette Orozco Staff Writer, Houston Chronicle, "San Jac-developed face shield met key need early in pandemic," 2 June 2020

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First Known Use of appreciative

circa 1698, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jul 2020

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“Appreciative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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ap·​pre·​cia·​tive | \ ə-ˈprē-shə-tiv How to pronounce appreciative (audio) \

Kids Definition of appreciative

: having or showing gratitude an appreciative smile

Other Words from appreciative

appreciatively adverb

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