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

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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Pat was a voracious reader, devouring everything from detective novels to biographies, and was extremely appreciative of the Windsor Public Library. Hartford Courant,, "Patricia Alves," 21 June 2018 The crowd was delirious, Woods seemed genuinely appreciative and nobody seemed to care much that Brooks Koepka held off Woods to win his second major of the year. Wsj Sports Staff, WSJ, "A Philly Special. A 7-Hour World Series Game. A Memorable Tweet.," 27 Dec. 2018 Candidly, we are blown away and so appreciative that so many movie fans throughout the United States have agreed. Nick Statt, The Verge, "AMC will raise the price of its MoviePass competitor next year, citing strong demand," 5 Nov. 2018 Eight years after penning a scathing letter in response to LeBron James' first departure from Cleveland, team owner Dan Gilbert struck a much more appreciative tone Sunday night with James leaving the Cavaliers a second time. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert thanks LeBron James in classy farewell letter," 2 July 2018 Koepka is especially appreciative of this good thing because he was sidelined for four months by a wrist injury, only returning in May and missing the cut in a team event in New Orleans. Barry Wilner, Houston Chronicle, "Brooks Koepka's golf legacy secured after 2nd straight US Open win," 18 June 2018 Buckingham and Nicks drew a large and appreciative audience during a January 1975 show at Municipal Auditorium, thanks to local airplay of their album. Mary Colurso,, "Fleetwood Mac (minus Lindsey Buckingham) coming to Birmingham in 2019," 25 Apr. 2018 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

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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 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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