Definition of appreciation in English:

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Pronunciation: /əpriːʃɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /əpriːsɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1Recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something: I smiled in appreciation [count noun]: he had a fine appreciation of drawing
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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, respect, prizing, cherishing, treasuring, admiration, regard, esteem, high opinion
1.1Gratitude: 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;
indebtedness, obligation
1.2 [count noun] A written assessment of an artist or piece of work, typically a favourable one: a full appreciation of the professor’s life and work will be published in the Scotsman tomorrow
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  • We do get a lot about his relationship with his parents, and there are pieces - generally written as book reviews, eulogies or appreciations - that touch on some professional colleagues.
  • The third big block of articles is more serious: historical pieces and appreciations of various well-known and unsung comic book artists.
  • In 1984, a post-graduate student at Nirmala College, Muvattupuzha wrote a critical appreciation of this legendary work.
review, critique, criticism, critical analysis, commentary, write-up, notice;
assessment, evaluation, judgement, rating, report;
praise, acclamation
British informal crit
2A full understanding of a situation: 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.
acknowledgement, recognition, realization, knowledge;
awareness, consciousness, cognizance;
sensitivity, alertness;
sympathy, understanding, comprehension, perception, discernment
3 [mass noun] Increase in monetary value: the appreciation of the dollar against the pound
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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.
increase, gain, growth, rise, mounting, inflation, escalation;
improvement, enhancement


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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