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

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The cancha was served warm, the leche de tigre went down cool and this appreciative diner was eager to devour whatever came next. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Dr. Limon in Hallandale Beach is Peruvian cure for summertime blues," 26 June 2019 Angela Johnson said the villagers were deeply appreciative of the supplies. NBC News, "Helicopter pilot discovers villagers stranded in debris in the Bahamas," 15 Sep. 2019 Schrider said the company is very appreciative of the governor’s efforts and Ucore is examining ways to move ahead with developing the mine at current metal prices. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Dunleavy asks federal council to fast-track Southeast Alaska ‘rare earths’ prospect," 6 Sep. 2019 Graham played a bit before his time, but Stevens was appreciative of the team’s history., "Cleveland Browns unveil Otto Graham statue at First Energy Stadium," 7 Sep. 2019 There’s nothing like watching great performers bring gales of laughter to an appreciative audience with their on-stage hijinks. John Fund, National Review, "FBI Lovebirds Is D.C. Satire at Its Best," 16 June 2019 Who said it’s 13 is an unlucky number? Overjoyed and so appreciative of our 13th consecutive Emmy nomination. Marcus Jones,, "Stars react to their 2019 Emmy nominations," 16 July 2019 Poulsen, who was appreciative of Boujoukos’s efforts in recognizing his father, contacted Louisville Slugger and gave them permission to make a replica Poulsen model bat for Boujoukos’s collection. Globe Staff,, "An improbable dream comes true for overlooked player on 1967 Red Sox," 19 July 2019 Rose is appreciative of the opportunities he’s been given while at ESPN. Kaelen Jones,, "'It Don't Stop': Jalen Rose's Work Days Are a Whirlwind," 11 July 2019

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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 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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