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 There is a sort of '70s-TV-movie look to the film -- owing to what's clearly a modest budget -- including awkward shots of appreciative, rocking-out crowds. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'I Am Woman' gives Helen Reddy another moment to sing in the sunshine," 10 Sep. 2020 In another video message, Arbery's father, Marcus Arbery, Sr. had appreciative words for Osaka. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Naomi Osaka says messages from Trayvon Martin and Ahmaud Arbery's parents brought her to tears," 9 Sep. 2020 On Saturday, Washington was appreciative of the festive, family-friendly atmosphere. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'100 days is not long enough': Protesters celebrate sending a sustained message against police brutality, racial injustice," 6 Sep. 2020 Dani Moschella, Delray Beach Fire Rescue spokeswoman, said the firefighters at Station 115, located right near The Boys market at 14378 S. Military Trail, are appreciative. Jennifer Shapiro-sacks,, "Market delivers 10,000 lunches and counting to essential workers," 4 Sep. 2020 Spending more time with herself over the last few months in quarantine made Cook appreciative of the people around her. Julie Jordan,, "Rachael Leigh Cook Reveals She Has a Boyfriend After 2019 Divorce: ‘I’m Lucky’," 2 Sep. 2020 Nelson said that customers are used to the current layout and are appreciative of the safety features. al, "Alabama gives the OK to return to the buffet," 1 Sep. 2020 By replacing every critical thought with an appreciative one, the situation will get better. Tarot Astrologers,, "Daily horoscope for August 23, 2020," 23 Aug. 2020 The pandemic has made people more aware and appreciative of their relationships. Kasley Killam, Scientific American, "In The Midst Of The Pandemic, Loneliness Has Leveled Out," 18 Aug. 2020

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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 28 Sep. 2020.

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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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