- 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
- 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
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.