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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The family would also like to thank the thoughtful, devoted caregivers at Avery Heights who often commented on Welles' kind and appreciative demeanor., "Welles Vorce Adams," 24 Apr. 2018 The Duke and Duchess remain appreciative for your warm wishes and kindness during this especially happy time in their lives! Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have Received Hundreds of Baby Gifts," 5 Apr. 2019 So thankful and appreciative for all the blessings in my life! Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Kelly Clarkson Nailed Her Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Performance," 22 Nov. 2018 Where Singapore leans West, generally appreciative of U.S. influence in Asia, Vietnam leans East. Deb Riechmann, The Seattle Times, "Trump to meet North Korean leader Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam," 6 Feb. 2019 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

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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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