Definition of appreciation in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˌprēSHēˈāSH(ə)n/


1The recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something: I smiled in appreciation she shows a fine appreciation of obscure thinkers
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  • Plans call for a series of events in recognition and appreciation of the company's community, employees, retail partners and consumers around the world.
  • Bob will be remembered by friends for his appreciation of fine single-malt scotch, his humble attitude toward himself and his dry sense of humor.
  • My reply at the time was that I was no longer entirely sure where irony ended, and where sincere enjoyment and appreciation of the event began.
valuing, treasuring, admiration, respect, regard, esteem, high opinion
1.1Gratitude for something: they would be the first to show their appreciation
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  • The money in question is that given by grateful patients to show their appreciation when they leave hospital.
  • So rest assured that while we're eager to show our appreciation we would never publicize anyone's name without their explicit permission.
  • As a result of the treatment he has received he has been determined to show his appreciation for the staff at Swindon's Great Western Hospital.
gratitude, thanks, gratefulness, thankfulness, recognition, sense of obligation
1.2A piece of writing in which the qualities of a person or the person’s work are discussed and assessed.
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  • What other county final could pluck a sitting head of government from its archives and get him to write an appreciation from the heart?
  • At that time his eldest daughter Maria promised to write an appreciation of her father and this she has kindly done as follows.
  • In the 1670s he toyed with the idea of writing a poetic appreciation of the fountains there.
review, critique, criticism, critical analysis, assessment, evaluation, judgment, rating
1.3Sensitive understanding of the aesthetic value of something: courses in music appreciation
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  • In this period, they occupied very much the center of aesthetic appreciation and social value.
  • Cultivate an aesthetic appreciation for different styles of performance.
  • Instead, the modern wilderness ethic cultivated an aesthetic appreciation of wilderness.
2A full understanding of a situation: they have an appreciation of the needs of users the bank’s lack of appreciation of their problems
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  • The preferences have resulted in a general lack of understanding and appreciation for the concept of comprehensiveness.
  • Gain full appreciation and understanding of the current approaches to valvular surgery - both aortic and mitral valve replacement.
  • What both those views demonstrate to me is an actual lack of understanding or appreciation about what this bill sets out to do.
acknowledgment, recognition, realization, knowledge, awareness, consciousness, understanding, comprehension
3Increase in monetary value: the appreciation of the franc against the dollar
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  • The payment is for one time only, and does not reflect the potential appreciation in the unearned increment over time.
  • Most are seeking solid returns on their investments through the traditional means of capital gains through price appreciation and dividend payments.
  • If you don't already have a lot of equity, borrowing against your home in hopes that market appreciation will increase your equity is a dangerous gamble.


Late 15th century: from French appréciation, from late Latin appretiatio(n-), from the verb appretiare 'set at a price, appraise' (see appreciate).

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Syllabification: ap·pre·ci·a·tion

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