- 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
Examples from the Web for appreciation
Or perhaps next September is too long to wait for a demonstration of appreciation that is already overdue.It’s Time for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans to Get a Parade of Their Own
November 11, 2014
As the Hooters press kit shows, an appreciation for breasts does not automatically translate to an appreciation of women.The Misogynistic Companies Jumping On The Breast Cancer Bandwagon
October 16, 2014
Palmer's desire to be loved is large, his need for proofs of appreciation considerable.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
How has serving as a creator changed your appreciation of what Shonda Rhimes does on Scandal?Tony Goldwyn Tackles Political Scandal Again on ‘The Divide’
July 16, 2014
In the piece, the actress touched on her appreciation for traditional gender roles.Tyra Banks Predicts the Future in 'Wall Street Journal'; Kim Kardashian Talks Being a Working Mom
The Fashion Beast Team
July 9, 2014
Grace's face was alight with appreciation of Mrs. Gray's gift.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
She was not prepared for their wholehearted praise, for their delight and appreciation.Her Father's Daughter
"It's lovely," said the other woman, with an appreciation quite genuine.The Incomplete Amorist
I am glad to find that there is a just appreciation of it here.'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
They all rose then, as the Marquis smiled his appreciation and withdrew.The Inn at the Red Oak
- 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
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.