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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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 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

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

Kids Definition of appreciative

: having or showing gratitude an appreciative smile

Other Words from appreciative

appreciatively adverb

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