ap·pre·cia·tive | \ə-ˈprē-shə-tiv, -ˈpri- 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

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In the video, Daisy is adorably overwhelmed to see her mom again, and expresses her excitement by eagerly dancing on, around and under Adams, who simply can’t hold back her appreciative giggles. Kelli Bender,, "Smiles Guaranteed! Watch a Lost Dog Dance with Delight After Reuniting with Owner," 6 July 2018 But Cavs fans should definitely be extra appreciative, because there will be no shock this time if James decides to move on. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Will the Warriors Complete a Statement-Making Sweep of the Cavs?," 8 June 2018 One answer to that question is contained in a more recent play by Bryna Turner, another appreciative Mount Holyoke alumna: the longtime Mount Holyoke President Mary Woolley. Chris Jones,, "'Bull in a China Shop': At Mount Holyoke, a remarkable woman changed education," 1 June 2018 The Northshore food bank provided BBQ to go with the fun and the Dazzling Diamond Dancers performed to an appreciative crowd. Ann Benoit,, "West 30s Task Force continues to improve lives of those in community," 13 May 2018 Museum staff added new branded Turner vests as an appreciative nod to the crews renovating the art deco icon. Carol Motsinger,, "Cincinnati Museum Center reopens Union Terminal section," 4 May 2018 The justice, who was seated among the audience, didn’t answer questions or pose for photos, but that didn’t stop a sea of appreciative fans from taking stealthy selfies or expressing adoration. Adrienne Wichard-edds, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg Doc Screens for Media, Politicos Ahead of White House Correspondents' Dinner," 28 Apr. 2018 In his new book, The Best Cook In The World, the Pulitzer-prize-winning author is plenty of other things: a leisurely, soulful storyteller, a reporter with a poet’s eye, and an appreciative diner. Rebekah Denn, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Best Cook in the World' is Rick Bragg's tribute to his mother and her somewhat exotic culinary skills," 25 Apr. 2018 The British movie Ghost Stories is based on a popular London play that earned the best kind of audience support: Throughout its long run, its spoilers have been preserved by appreciative patrons. Gary Thompson,, "'Ghost Stories': This British horror is smartly written and well-acted," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of appreciative

circa 1698, in the meaning defined above

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ap·pre·cia·tive | \ə-ˈprē-shə-tiv \

Kids Definition of appreciative

: having or showing gratitude an appreciative smile

Other Words from appreciative

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