Definition of appreciation in English:

appreciation

noun

mass noun
  • 1Recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.

    ‘I smiled in appreciation’
    count noun ‘he had a fine appreciation of drawing’
    • ‘It reduces wine appreciation and enjoyment to a purely technical interpretation.’
    • ‘This fast paced show is set to delight patrons in a town well known for its appreciation of quality productions.’
    • ‘I do appreciate cultural artifacts, however, my appreciation includes a recognition of irony, and I mean irony in its strictest sense, not as a malapropism for sarcasm or smug insincerity.’
    • ‘Purists, however, can choose from 20 different kinds of fine sipping tequilas, and owner Ramon is ready to guide you through the finer points of appreciation.’
    • ‘Neither one had much appreciation for fine art, preferring museums of archeology, natural history and science.’
    • ‘Yet wine tends to bespeak a lifestyle of luxury and relaxation, of the enjoyment and appreciation of the creation of the vintner.’
    • ‘The physical pleasures are available for money and many develop their appreciation to a fine art.’
    • ‘The deeper answer is that true enjoyment and appreciation of the wonders of this world is possible only when we have a profound awareness of the spiritual source of these wonders.’
    • ‘Leisure and relaxation are not laziness but rather an appreciation of taste and quality in life.’
    • ‘Adults smiled in appreciation as a five-year-old berated her nine-year-old brother for cycling without his safety helmet.’
    • ‘I had many regular customers from much further afield, as well as the local catchment area, who expressed appreciation of the high quality, diversity and personal service of the independent shops.’
    • ‘My reply at the time was that I was no longer entirely sure where irony ended, and where sincere enjoyment and appreciation of the event began.’
    • ‘France, more so Paris, is known for appreciation and patronisation of finer things of life.’
    • ‘My wife's head was pointed in the direction of the closest window to my left and I only smiled calmly with appreciation as the covers of her sheets climbed up her shoulders in a warmth embrace.’
    • ‘Their often rocky friendship is rooted in appreciation for forgotten pop icons that they realize the rest of the world just won't ‘get.’’
    • ‘Bob will be remembered by friends for his appreciation of fine single-malt scotch, his humble attitude toward himself and his dry sense of humor.’
    • ‘For me, the turgid pace and uneven writing muted any appreciation I might have of what it offers.’
    • ‘‘Come back, señorita,’ she chuckled, her smile one of appreciation rather than malevolence.’
    • ‘Plans call for a series of events in recognition and appreciation of the company's community, employees, retail partners and consumers around the world.’
    • ‘A sensitive, attentive audience greeted her performance with smiles of appreciation.’
    valuing, respect, prizing, cherishing, treasuring, admiration, regard, esteem, high opinion
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    1. 1.1 Gratitude.
      ‘they would be the first to show their appreciation’
      • ‘And I think it's part of all our responsibilities to give something back and to show our appreciation.’
      • ‘As a result of the treatment he has received he has been determined to show his appreciation for the staff at Swindon's Great Western Hospital.’
      • ‘The money in question is that given by grateful patients to show their appreciation when they leave hospital.’
      • ‘They just did you a huge favor, and you should show your appreciation.’
      • ‘But there must be some way I can show my appreciation.’
      • ‘So rest assured that while we're eager to show our appreciation we would never publicize anyone's name without their explicit permission.’
      • ‘It was a pleasure to present the awards last Friday and to see so many adults attend to show their appreciation and support for these champions of literature.’
      • ‘Show your appreciation with a handshake or even a letter.’
      • ‘We ask you to show your appreciation by giving generously.’
      • ‘She said: ‘They work so hard all year round, we are just pleased to be able to show our appreciation.’’
      • ‘‘I am doing the walk to show my appreciation for the continual work done by local fundraisers,’ said Sarah.’
      • ‘It gave us the chance to show our appreciation to all the staff who contribute so much in time and effort in providing our local National Health Services.’
      • ‘We all crave appreciation and recognition and will do almost anything to get it.’
      • ‘The Irish public will show their appreciation today.’
      • ‘Well, a present is a token of your love and appreciation for the person to whom you are giving it!’
      • ‘To all those who spent generously and encouraged others to do likewise, we want to express our appreciation and gratitude.’
      • ‘Parents, friends and public representatives all came together to show their appreciation for the wonderful efforts of all concerned.’
      • ‘The public are welcome to come along and show their appreciation.’
      • ‘I encourage people of all ages to take the time on Sunday to attend a local memorial service to express your appreciation and gratitude to those who have and continue to serve our country.’
      • ‘The sleevenotes on the album state that it is dedicated ‘with love and appreciation to our friends and families’.’
      gratitude, thanks, gratefulness, thankfulness, recognition, sense of obligation
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    2. 1.2count noun A written assessment of an artist or piece of work, typically a favourable one.
      ‘a full appreciation of the professor's life and work will be published in the Scotsman tomorrow’
      • ‘In 1984, a post-graduate student at Nirmala College, Muvattupuzha wrote a critical appreciation of this legendary work.’
      • ‘Occasional writings include several pieces he did for this magazine - mainly appreciations on the occasion of the deaths of fellow artists.’
      • ‘The third big block of articles is more serious: historical pieces and appreciations of various well-known and unsung comic book artists.’
      • ‘She corresponded passionately with Whitman (who occasionally replied), wrote appreciations of his work, and visited him in America in 1876-9.’
      • ‘A Middlesbrough fan with a nice line in gags, he has also written a cultural history of Belgium and an appreciation of country fairs in the north of England.’
      • ‘The sessions will be enlivened by slide shows of over 200 masterpieces ‘with commentaries and appreciations of each work’.’
      • ‘In 1932, she published an essay about Charlotte Brontë that remains one of the most eloquent appreciations ever written by one author about another.’
      • ‘Coupled with these reactions is an appreciation of the artist's level of skill in both conceptualising such an object, but also his dedication in creating it.’
      • ‘As such, their essays can be regarded more as insightful appreciations than scholarly criticism.’
      • ‘It combines numerous illustrations with a biography, an artistic appreciation and a complete catalogue of his works.’
      • ‘Artists should be nominated for an overall appreciation of their work to date, of which we should be shown the finest examples.’
      • ‘In the 1670s he toyed with the idea of writing a poetic appreciation of the fountains there.’
      • ‘At that time his eldest daughter Maria promised to write an appreciation of her father and this she has kindly done as follows.’
      • ‘This publication itself has published more than twenty reviews and appreciations of her works dating back to 1952.’
      • ‘We do get a lot about his relationship with his parents, and there are pieces - generally written as book reviews, eulogies or appreciations - that touch on some professional colleagues.’
      • ‘Nearly all of the reviews are longer than the current appreciations.’
      • ‘Another appreciation was written by him, for the American Symphony Orchestra's 1997 to 1998 season.’
      • ‘What he loves most to dwell upon in his appreciations of other authors, and what readers love most to dwell with in his own writings, are those passages where the soul finds a repose in some kind of eternal present.’
      • ‘‘Think of these articles as old fashioned appreciations,’ he writes, ‘a fan's notes, good talk.’’
      • ‘What other county final could pluck a sitting head of government from its archives and get him to write an appreciation from the heart?’
      review, critique, criticism, critical analysis, commentary, write-up, notice
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  • 2A full understanding of a situation.

    ‘the bank's lack of appreciation of their problems’
    • ‘It was by no means a full appreciation of the situation, nor did I offer long-term solutions.’
    • ‘They have no appreciation of quality or history.’
    • ‘The same coaches, players and fans who rail against officials often lack an understanding and appreciation of not only the basics but also, as it were, the art of reffing.’
    • ‘As with all thought provoking and multi-layered films, multiple viewing may be required for full appreciation.’
    • ‘The preferences have resulted in a general lack of understanding and appreciation for the concept of comprehensiveness.’
    • ‘These all depend on an outside body of knowledge for full (note that ‘full’) appreciation.’
    • ‘For, more than anything else, it is international appreciation of their situation that is most needed now.’
    • ‘Full appreciation of its many other medical uses requires understanding of both historical usage as well as modern scientific studies.’
    • ‘But perhaps more significantly, never has a single event so affected people's appreciation of their freedom to fly from place to place unfettered.’
    • ‘She has outstanding retail flair and excellent all-round skills across design, buying and merchandising as well as a strong appreciation of technology, product quality and sourcing.’
    • ‘Every chapter offers similar moments of illumination, moments that send the reader back to the text under discussion with a fresh appreciation for the whole.’
    • ‘Your recognition and appreciation of your individual identity starts now.’
    • ‘Putting materials to best use involves an appreciation of their innate sensory qualities as well as their technical potential.’
    • ‘What both those views demonstrate to me is an actual lack of understanding or appreciation about what this bill sets out to do.’
    • ‘Gain full appreciation and understanding of the current approaches to valvular surgery - both aortic and mitral valve replacement.’
    • ‘One has to go to the valley to have correct appreciation of the situation, he added.’
    • ‘If people had an appreciation of all the facts of that economic relationship, they would see issues like migration and border security at a completely different light.’
    • ‘Students gain an appreciation for issues that impact on the patients' quality of life and the role of drug therapy in their disease management.’
    • ‘It is my hope that the objects discussed and illustrated in this article will further an appreciation of and scholarly consideration of the products of neoclassical Rome.’
    • ‘A great deal of concentration is necessary for full appreciation but it is in this case merited.’
    acknowledgement, recognition, realization, knowledge
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  • 3mass noun Increase in monetary value.

    ‘the appreciation of the dollar against the pound’
    • ‘If you don't already have a lot of equity, borrowing against your home in hopes that market appreciation will increase your equity is a dangerous gamble.’
    • ‘The personal representatives are not caught for appreciation in the value of the property during the period from the date of death to the date the property passes to the beneficiary.’
    • ‘The capital appreciation and ongoing rental values in such areas are obviously significantly lower than would otherwise be the case.’
    • ‘His marketing and management skills are focused on land value appreciation.’
    • ‘Rent plus the annual appreciation of land value equals annual interest cost.’
    • ‘I am contemplating divorce and want to know if, under Texas law, my wife is entitled to any part of the home's appreciation in value.’
    • ‘As already observed, real exchange-rate appreciation has been a central characteristic of the postliberalization period in most countries.’
    • ‘However, businesses will have to be vigilant to ensure that the effects of appreciation in the value of the euro do not undermine their trading position.’
    • ‘This indicates capital appreciation of 40 per cent per annum and yields in the region of 8 per cent.’
    • ‘Paying attention to the home front can produce precious property value appreciation.’
    • ‘The payment is for one time only, and does not reflect the potential appreciation in the unearned increment over time.’
    • ‘Most are seeking solid returns on their investments through the traditional means of capital gains through price appreciation and dividend payments.’
    • ‘And if, having done so, he has more money in his pocket, more appreciation on his share options, and more time to smell the roses, good luck to him too.’
    • ‘Variable annuities allow you to participate in potential further appreciation of your assets while still drawing an income from your annuity.’
    • ‘The land-value increment tax was also introduced for recapturing unearned land price appreciation regardless of transaction.’
    • ‘The production cycle is long and the risks are high, but maybe not as long or as high as sitting and waiting for renewed appreciation in the value of your technology portfolio.’
    • ‘The stock's appreciation - its incentive value - depends on the company's ability to continue growing at a rapid pace.’
    • ‘If she anticipated continued stock appreciation, then she would increase her AMT gain by delaying exercise.’
    • ‘It is possible that the land's appreciation resulted from an increase in its productivity.’
    • ‘The theory is that over time, you end up paying less for a stock while reaping the benefits of its appreciation in value.’
    increase, gain, growth, rise, mounting, inflation, escalation
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Origin

Late 15th century: from French appréciation, from late Latin appretiatio(n-), from the verb appretiare ‘set at a price, appraise’ (see appreciate).

Pronunciation

appreciation

/əpriːʃɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n//əpriːsɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/