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appreciation

[uh-pree-shee-ey-shuh n] /əˌpri ʃiˈeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
gratitude; thankful recognition:
They showed their appreciation by giving him a gold watch.
2.
the act of estimating the qualities of things and giving them their proper value.
3.
clear perception or recognition, especially of aesthetic quality:
a course in art appreciation.
4.
an increase or rise in the value of property, goods, etc.
5.
critical notice; evaluation; opinion, as of a situation, person, etc.
6.
a critique or written evaluation, especially when favorable.
Origin
1600-1610
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
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  • 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

appreciation

/əˌpriːʃɪˈeɪʃən; -sɪ-/
noun
1.
thanks or gratitude
2.
assessment of the true worth or value of persons or things
3.
perceptive recognition of qualities, as in art
4.
an increase in value, as of goods or property
5.
a written review of a book, etc, esp when favourable
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Word Origin and History for appreciation
n.

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.

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