Definition of appreciation in US English:

appreciation

noun

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

    ‘I smiled in appreciation’
    ‘she shows a fine appreciation of obscure thinkers’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It reduces wine appreciation and enjoyment to a purely technical interpretation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This fast paced show is set to delight patrons in a town well known for its appreciation of quality productions.’
    • ‘The physical pleasures are available for money and many develop their appreciation to a fine art.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their often rocky friendship is rooted in appreciation for forgotten pop icons that they realize the rest of the world just won't ‘get.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For me, the turgid pace and uneven writing muted any appreciation I might have of what it offers.’
    • ‘Neither one had much appreciation for fine art, preferring museums of archeology, natural history and science.’
    • ‘A sensitive, attentive audience greeted her performance with smiles of appreciation.’
    • ‘Yet wine tends to bespeak a lifestyle of luxury and relaxation, of the enjoyment and appreciation of the creation of the vintner.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Plans call for a series of events in recognition and appreciation of the company's community, employees, retail partners and consumers around the world.’
    • ‘‘Come back, señorita,’ she chuckled, her smile one of appreciation rather than malevolence.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘Well, a present is a token of your love and appreciation for the person to whom you are giving it!’
      • ‘Show your appreciation with a handshake or even a letter.’
      • ‘The Irish public will show their appreciation today.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She said: ‘They work so hard all year round, we are just pleased to be able to show our appreciation.’’
      • ‘We ask you to show your appreciation by giving generously.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We all crave appreciation and recognition and will do almost anything to get it.’
      • ‘So rest assured that while we're eager to show our appreciation we would never publicize anyone's name without their explicit permission.’
      • ‘The public are welcome to come along and show their appreciation.’
      • ‘The money in question is that given by grateful patients to show their appreciation when they leave hospital.’
      • ‘The sleevenotes on the album state that it is dedicated ‘with love and appreciation to our friends and families’.’
      • ‘They just did you a huge favor, and you should show your appreciation.’
      • ‘But there must be some way I can show my appreciation.’
      • ‘And I think it's part of all our responsibilities to give something back and to show our appreciation.’
      • ‘To all those who spent generously and encouraged others to do likewise, we want to express our appreciation and gratitude.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘I am doing the walk to show my appreciation for the continual work done by local fundraisers,’ said Sarah.’
      • ‘Parents, friends and public representatives all came together to show their appreciation for the wonderful efforts of all concerned.’
      gratitude, thanks, gratefulness, thankfulness, recognition, sense of obligation
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    2. 1.2 A piece of writing in which the qualities of a person or the person's work are discussed and assessed.
      • ‘As such, their essays can be regarded more as insightful appreciations than scholarly criticism.’
      • ‘The third big block of articles is more serious: historical pieces and appreciations of various well-known and unsung comic book artists.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the 1670s he toyed with the idea of writing a poetic appreciation of the fountains there.’
      • ‘Occasional writings include several pieces he did for this magazine - mainly appreciations on the occasion of the deaths of fellow artists.’
      • ‘In 1932, she published an essay about Charlotte Brontë that remains one of the most eloquent appreciations ever written by one author about another.’
      • ‘She corresponded passionately with Whitman (who occasionally replied), wrote appreciations of his work, and visited him in America in 1876-9.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The sessions will be enlivened by slide shows of over 200 masterpieces ‘with commentaries and appreciations of each work’.’
      • ‘Another appreciation was written by him, for the American Symphony Orchestra's 1997 to 1998 season.’
      • ‘In 1984, a post-graduate student at Nirmala College, Muvattupuzha wrote a critical appreciation of this legendary work.’
      • ‘What other county final could pluck a sitting head of government from its archives and get him to write an appreciation from the heart?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At that time his eldest daughter Maria promised to write an appreciation of her father and this she has kindly done as follows.’
      • ‘Artists should be nominated for an overall appreciation of their work to date, of which we should be shown the finest examples.’
      • ‘‘Think of these articles as old fashioned appreciations,’ he writes, ‘a fan's notes, good talk.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It combines numerous illustrations with a biography, an artistic appreciation and a complete catalogue of his works.’
      • ‘This publication itself has published more than twenty reviews and appreciations of her works dating back to 1952.’
      review, critique, criticism, critical analysis, commentary, write-up, notice
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    3. 1.3 Sensitive understanding of the aesthetic value of something.
      ‘courses in music appreciation’
      • ‘Early producers of Middle English texts did not deem the literature worthy of aesthetic appreciation.’
      • ‘The truth is, I think, that a true appreciation of serious music is, always was, and always will be, the privilege of a small minority.’
      • ‘Her list includes the universal human habit of aesthetic appreciation of nature, our superstition, and our sense of awe.’
      • ‘By interpreting a painting or style using this simple, hands-on process, my students developed a greater appreciation for and understanding of art.’
      • ‘But then I don't roam in the world of marching bands and am also not an American - both facts which mean nothing to an appreciation of the music.’
      • ‘Secondly, you want somebody who has an understanding, an appreciation for ballet.’
      • ‘This article highlights some important and engaging pieces of case furniture so as to encourage further scholarly attention as well as aesthetic appreciation.’
      • ‘Course offerings for non-music majors often are limited to music appreciation, large ensemble participation and group instruction for beginners.’
      • ‘This aesthetic appreciation extends to previous writers on the subject.’
      • ‘As mentioned, aesthetic appreciation and responsiveness to nature are, in their own right, desired outcomes of environmental education.’
      • ‘The book could be used as the primary text in a nonmajors' music appreciation course but works better as an individual tutorial.’
      • ‘Instead, the modern wilderness ethic cultivated an aesthetic appreciation of wilderness.’
      • ‘In this period, they occupied very much the center of aesthetic appreciation and social value.’
      • ‘What's more, they're prime art collectors, coming from countries known for their fine craftsmanship and age-old appreciation of art.’
      • ‘Just like you can't fully enjoy music without taking a course in music appreciation, so too you have to learn all about pleasures.’
      • ‘Margaret's taste and appreciation for art were recognized by some of the great connoisseurs of the day, who presented her with the best pieces in their possession.’
      • ‘This CD is for any occasion and the kind of music that anyone with a real appreciation for good music would enjoy.’
      • ‘Cultivate an aesthetic appreciation for different styles of performance.’
      • ‘Such a perspective, admittedly more biblical than Greek, allows our aesthetic appreciation of nature to be transfigured less by nostalgia than by hope.’
      • ‘The ability to compare and contrast performances is essential to an appreciation of any piece of music.’
  • 2A full understanding of a situation.

    ‘the bank's lack of appreciation of their problems’
    ‘they have an appreciation of the needs of users’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They have no appreciation of quality or history.’
    • ‘Putting materials to best use involves an appreciation of their innate sensory qualities as well as their technical potential.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One has to go to the valley to have correct appreciation of the situation, he added.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What both those views demonstrate to me is an actual lack of understanding or appreciation about what this bill sets out to do.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gain full appreciation and understanding of the current approaches to valvular surgery - both aortic and mitral valve replacement.’
    • ‘Students gain an appreciation for issues that impact on the patients' quality of life and the role of drug therapy in their disease management.’
    • ‘The preferences have resulted in a general lack of understanding and appreciation for the concept of comprehensiveness.’
    • ‘As with all thought provoking and multi-layered films, multiple viewing may be required for full appreciation.’
    • ‘For, more than anything else, it is international appreciation of their situation that is most needed now.’
    • ‘These all depend on an outside body of knowledge for full (note that ‘full’) appreciation.’
    • ‘It was by no means a full appreciation of the situation, nor did I offer long-term solutions.’
    • ‘Your recognition and appreciation of your individual identity starts now.’
    • ‘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.’
    acknowledgement, recognition, realization, knowledge
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  • 3Increase in monetary value.

    ‘the appreciation of the franc against the dollar’
    • ‘His marketing and management skills are focused on land value appreciation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most are seeking solid returns on their investments through the traditional means of capital gains through price appreciation and dividend payments.’
    • ‘It is possible that the land's appreciation resulted from an increase in its productivity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Variable annuities allow you to participate in potential further appreciation of your assets while still drawing an income from your annuity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The land-value increment tax was also introduced for recapturing unearned land price appreciation regardless of transaction.’
    • ‘Paying attention to the home front can produce precious property value appreciation.’
    • ‘The capital appreciation and ongoing rental values in such areas are obviously significantly lower than would otherwise be the case.’
    • ‘The payment is for one time only, and does not reflect the potential appreciation in the unearned increment over time.’
    • ‘The stock's appreciation - its incentive value - depends on the company's ability to continue growing at a rapid pace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As already observed, real exchange-rate appreciation has been a central characteristic of the postliberalization period in most countries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This indicates capital appreciation of 40 per cent per annum and yields in the region of 8 per cent.’
    • ‘The theory is that over time, you end up paying less for a stock while reaping the benefits of its appreciation in value.’
    • ‘If she anticipated continued stock appreciation, then she would increase her AMT gain by delaying exercise.’
    • ‘Rent plus the annual appreciation of land value equals annual interest cost.’
    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

/əˌpriʃiˈeɪʃ(ə)n//əˌprēSHēˈāSH(ə)n/