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 Little said committee meetings with Battle went well and that the mayor was appreciative of the time devoted to the report by a volunteer group. Paul Gattis |, al, 28 June 2021 Unfortunately, the best chance of appreciative rain will be south of the Twin Cities. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 22 June 2021 Many people were appreciative of the government’s past efforts to expand access to financial services by helping millions of poor people in rural India open bank accounts, which came in handy during the pandemic. Vibhuti Agarwal, WSJ, 14 June 2021 Kemter, surrounded by audience members who were appreciative of his speech, did not confront Garrison or Suchan. Washington Post, 5 June 2021 Bobcats coach Doug Testerman was appreciative of the Edgewood efforts. Randy Mcroberts,, 14 May 2021 Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be any appreciative rainfall in the Desert Southwest anytime soon. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 9 June 2021 Add an observant, appreciative comment, hinting that your own feed offers similar splendors. Dale Hrabi, WSJ, 2 June 2021 Virginia got a point blank save from goalie Alex Rode to preserve a 17-16 win against Maryland in an instant classic of an NCAA men’s lacrosse championship game Monday in front of 14,816 appreciative fans in East Hartford, Conn. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 31 May 2021

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First Known Use of appreciative

circa 1698, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of appreciative was circa 1698

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“Appreciative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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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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