Definition of appreciation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˌpriːʃiˈeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˌpriːʃiˈeɪʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable] pleasure that you have when you recognize and enjoy the good qualities of somebody/something She shows little appreciation of good music. The crowd murmured in appreciation.
  2. 2[uncountable, singular] appreciation of something a full or sympathetic understanding of something, such as a situation or a problem, and of what it involves I had no appreciation of the problems they faced.
  3. 3[uncountable] appreciation (of/for something) the feeling of being grateful for something Please accept this gift in appreciation of all you've done for us.
  4. 4[uncountable, singular] appreciation (in something) increase in value over a period of time opposite depreciation an appreciation in the value of the house capital appreciation
  5. 5[countable] appreciation (of something) (formal) a piece of writing or a speech in which the strengths and weaknesses of somebody/something, especially an artist or a work of art, are discussed and judged They were asked to write an appreciation of a poem of their choice.
  6. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from French appréciation, from late Latin appretiatio(n-), from the verb appretiare ‘set at a price, appraise’, from ad- ‘to’ + pretium ‘price’.Extra examples As a token of our appreciation we would like to offer you this small gift. He doesn’t share my appreciation for opera. I have now developed an appreciation of poetry. I would like to express my appreciation and thanks to you all. I’ll be sending them a donation in appreciation of their help. She gazed in appreciation at the scene. She had no appreciation of the difficulties we were facing. The article gave me a new appreciation for the work which went into the album. The authors extend their sincere appreciation to everyone who contributed to the book. The course helped me to gain a deeper appreciation of what scientific research involves. There is a growing appreciation of the need for change. They had a new-found appreciation for Japanese music. They have little appreciation of the arts. We hope the course will help foster a lifelong appreciation of music. a renewed appreciation of traditions once branded as primitive his appreciation for all the work she had done his new-found appreciation for art Candidates should have a broad appreciation of contemporary issues. Please accept this gift in appreciation of all you’ve done for us. She had a keen literary appreciation. The crowd murmured in appreciation. We aim to enhance people’s appreciation and enjoyment of history.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: appreciation