Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of setting a price or money value on real, personal, or mercantile effects.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A rising in value; increase of value.
  • n. In Scots law, the appraisement or valuing of poinded or distrained goods.

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

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

Etymologies

From French appréciation. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In fact, the spiritual teacher Esther Hicks says she prefers the word "appreciation" to "gratitude," because the latter carts up the struggles that got us here, while appreciation comes from a purer place of joy.

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  • This appreciation is a subsidiary requirement of tact, such acts of praise or dispraise functioning as expressions of beliefs which imply costs or benefits in terms of recognition of relative status.

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  • 'When your people made us robots, you left out of us certain faculties, and among these is what you call appreciation of beauty.

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  • I think you also know how the governor responds to the word 'appreciation,' Emanuel said Wednesday.

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  • He added that yuan liquidity in Hong Kong remains abundant, with investors betting on long-term appreciation of the Chinese currency.

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  • By reducing a depreciation pressure, this will ease up one of the brakes on the longer-term appreciation trend.

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  • Even if you don't buy — this one is £ 2,880 — it's worth looking, simply in appreciation of the fine workmanship and designers who really do like women.

    The Perfect Dress Is a Loyal Friend

  • The U.S. official said that the recent pace of appreciation is encouraging but that the U.S. is skeptical the gains will continue without persistent U.S. pressure.

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  • Instead, Mr. Prasad, a Princeton University professor, says China may make some sort of subtle statement outside of the G-20 that it will "enhance the formation of the exchange-rate mechanism" or something similar, indicating a slight acceleration in appreciation — and back it up with a 1%-2% move over the next couple of weeks before the Seoul summit.

    G-20 Seeks to Forge Consensus on Currencies

  • He shifted on past her to the doctor, though the slightest smile curled his lip in appreciation of the way she had trapped him.

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