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[uh-pree-shee-ey-shuh n] /əˌpri ʃiˈeɪ ʃən/
gratitude; thankful recognition:
They showed their appreciation by giving him a gold watch.
the act of estimating the qualities of things and giving them their proper value.
clear perception or recognition, especially of aesthetic quality:
a course in art appreciation.
an increase or rise in the value of property, goods, etc.
critical notice; evaluation; opinion, as of a situation, person, etc.
a critique or written evaluation, especially when favorable.
Origin of appreciation
1600-10; earlier appretiation < Late Latin appretiāt(us) (see appreciate) + -ion, or < French appréciation
Related forms
appreciational, adjective
nonappreciation, noun
overappreciation, noun
self-appreciation, noun
superappreciation, noun
unappreciation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for appreciation
  • When you hit those moments, I'd like to suggest that you track down the author and send her or him a note of appreciation.
  • As every writer knows, it gets easier with practice, and that was part of my newfound appreciation for putting words on paper.
  • As a token of their appreciation, the villagers gave us traditional garments appropriate for a king and queen of the village.
  • They trade stocks heavily to get maximum share-price appreciation for the fund.
  • Much of that appreciation has taken place in just the past month.
  • Take your appreciation for engineering to new places.
  • If the investments subsequently increase in value, that appreciation will be free from income tax.
  • Respondents indicated that a proper workload influenced their job satisfaction more than salary, recognition, or appreciation.
  • The new drama of reality is not based on snap appreciation or judgment.
  • In the last few years, speculators were drawn to real estate because of double-digit appreciation.
British Dictionary definitions for appreciation


/əˌpriːʃɪˈeɪʃən; -sɪ-/
thanks or gratitude
assessment of the true worth or value of persons or things
perceptive recognition of qualities, as in art
an increase in value, as of goods or property
a written review of a book, etc, esp when favourable
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Word Origin and History for appreciation

c.1600 (with an isolated use from c.1400), from Anglo-French appreciation, noun of action from Old French apprécier (14c.), from Late Latin appretiare "estimate the quality of" (see appreciate). Generally with a sense of "high estimation" from c.1650. Meaning "expression of (favorable) estimation" is from 1858; sense of "rise in value" is from c.1790.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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