Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Recognition of the quality, value, significance, or magnitude of people and things.
  • noun A judgment or opinion, especially a favorable one.
  • noun An expression of gratitude.
  • noun Awareness or delicate perception, especially of aesthetic qualities or values.
  • noun A rise in value or price, especially over time.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of setting a price or money value on real, personal, or mercantile effects.
  • noun The act of estimating the qualities of things and giving them their due value; clear perception or recognition of the quality or worth of anything; sympathetic understanding.
  • noun A rising in value; increase of value.
  • noun In Scots law, the appraisement or valuing of poinded or distrained goods.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A just valuation or estimate of merit, worth, weight, etc.; recognition of excellence.
  • noun Accurate perception; true estimation
  • noun A rise in value; -- opposed to depreciation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A just valuation or estimate of merit, worth, weight, etc.; recognition of excellence.
  • noun Accurate perception; true estimation; as, an appreciation of the difficulties before us; an appreciation of colors.
  • noun A rise in value;—opposed to depreciation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an increase in price or value
  • noun a favorable judgment
  • noun delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)
  • noun an expression of gratitude
  • noun understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French appréciation.

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