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1. Recognition of the quality, value, significance, or magnitude of people and things.
2. A judgment or opinion, especially a favorable one.
3. An expression of gratitude.
4. Awareness or delicate perception, especially of aesthetic qualities or values.
5. A rise in value or price, especially over time.
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(əˌpriːʃɪˈeɪʃən; -sɪ-)
1. thanks or gratitude
2. assessment of the true worth or value of persons or things
3. perceptive recognition of qualities, as in art
4. an increase in value, as of goods or property
5. a written review of a book, etc, esp when favourable
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(əˌpri ʃiˈeɪ ʃən)

1. gratitude; thankful recognition: They showed their appreciation by giving him a gold watch.
2. the act of estimating the qualities of things and giving them their proper value.
3. clear perception or recognition, esp. of historic importance and aesthetic quality: a course in art appreciation.
4. an increase in the value of property, goods, etc.
5. critical notice; evaluation; opinion, as of a situation.
6. a critique or written evaluation, esp. when favorable.
[1600–10; < Late Latin]
ap•pre`ci•a′tion•al, adj.
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  1. Applause … like pebbles being rattled in a tin —Francis King

    See Also:NOISE

  2. Cherish like a secret —D. H. Lawrence
  3. Poorly appreciated … like a fine landscape in dull weather —Arthur Schopenhauer
  4. She looked on him as a kind of gigantic treat, a prize won in a lottery —Anita Brookner
  5. Ungrateful as children, who can never pay their debt of gratitude because they owe so much —Honore de Balzac
  6. An ungrateful man is like a hog under a tree eating acorns, but never looking up to see where they come from —Timothy Dexter
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Increase in the value of assets. Compare depreciation.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.appreciation - understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of somethingappreciation - understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; "he has a good grasp of accounting practices"
discernment, savvy, understanding, apprehension - the cognitive condition of someone who understands; "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"
sense - a natural appreciation or ability; "a keen musical sense"; "a good sense of timing"
2.appreciation - delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values); "arrogance and lack of taste contributed to his rapid success"; "to ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste"
discrimination, secernment - the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished
connoisseurship, vertu, virtu - love of or taste for fine objects of art
vogue, style, trend - the popular taste at a given time; "leather is the latest vogue"; "he followed current trends"; "the 1920s had a style of their own"
delicacy, discretion - refined taste; tact
culture - the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group
3.appreciation - an expression of gratitudeappreciation - an expression of gratitude; "he expressed his appreciation in a short note"
thanks - an acknowledgment of appreciation
4.appreciation - a favorable judgmentappreciation - a favorable judgment; "a small token in admiration of your works"
approval, approving, blessing - the formal act of approving; "he gave the project his blessing"; "his decision merited the approval of any sensible person"
idolisation, idolization, adoration - the act of admiring strongly
idealization, glorification, idealisation - a portrayal of something as ideal; "the idealization of rural life was very misleading"
5.appreciation - an increase in price or valueappreciation - an increase in price or value; "an appreciation of 30% in the value of real estate"
step-up, increase - the act of increasing something; "he gave me an increase in salary"
depreciation - a decrease in price or value; "depreciation of the dollar against the yen"
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2. gratitude, thanks, recognition, obligation, acknowledgment, indebtedness, thankfulness, gratefulness the gifts presented to them in appreciation of their work
gratitude ingratitude
3. awareness, understanding, regard, knowledge, recognition, perception, sympathy, consciousness, sensitivity, realization, comprehension, familiarity, mindfulness, cognizance They have a strong appreciation of the importance of economic incentives.
awareness ignorance, incomprehension
4. increase, rise, gain, growth, inflation, improvement, escalation, enhancement You have to take capital appreciation of the property into account.
increase fall, decline, devaluation, depreciation
5. review, report, notice, analysis, criticism, praise, assessment, recognition, tribute, evaluation, critique, acclamation I had written an appreciation of his work for a magazine.
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1. A feeling of deference, approval, and liking:
2. A being grateful:
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إدْراكإرْتِفاع قيمَة أو ثَمَنإعْتِراف بِالجَميلتَقْديرمَقالَة تَقْدير
hodnocenípochopení proporozuměníuvědomění sivděčnost
hugmynd; skilningurmætur, aî hafa sans fyrirmat; gagnrÿniòakklætiverîgildishækkun
hodnoteniepochopeniezískanie na cene
anlamabilincinde olmadeğer artşıeleştirifarkında olma


[əˌpriːʃɪˈeɪʃən] N
1. (= understanding) → comprensión f; [of art etc] → aprecio m
he showed no appreciation of my difficultiesno reconoció mis dificultades
you have no appreciation of artno sabes apreciar el arte, no entiendes de arte
2. (= gratitude) → gratitud f, agradecimiento m; (= recognition) → apreciación f, reconocimiento m
as a token of my appreciationen señal de mi gratitud or agradecimiento
she smiled her appreciationsonrió agradecida
3. (= report) → informe m; (= obituary) → nota f necrológica, necrológica f (Literat) → crítica f, comentario m
4. (= rise in value) → revalorización f, aumento m en valor
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[əˌpriːʃiˈeɪʃən] n
(= gratitude) → reconnaissance f
It's just a little something to show my appreciation
BUT C'est juste un petit quelque chose pour vous (or les etc) remercier.
He expressed his appreciation for their help
BUT Il les a remerciés de l'avoir aidé.
(= increase in value) [property, shares] → hausse f
(= approbation) → appréciation f
[art, music] → appréciation f
(= understanding) appreciation of sth → appréciation de qch
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(= awareness: of problems, dangers, advantages, value) → Erkennen nt
(= esteem, respect)Anerkennung f; (of abilities, efforts)Anerkennung f, → Würdigung f; (of person)Wertschätzung f; in appreciation of somethingin Anerkennung einer Sache (gen), → zum Dank für etw; to show one’s appreciationseine Dankbarkeit (be)zeigen; to smile one’s appreciationzum Dank lächeln
(= enjoyment, understanding)Verständnis nt; (of art)Sinn m(of für); to show (great) appreciation of Mozart/artgroßes Mozart-/Kunstverständnis zeigen; to write an appreciation of somebody/somethingeinen Bericht über jdn/etw schreiben
(= comprehension)Verständnis nt
(= increase)(Wert)steigerung f(in bei)
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[əˌpriːʃɪˈeɪʃn] n
a. (understanding) → comprensione f; (praise) → apprezzamento; (gratitude) → riconoscimento (Art) (critique) → critica
he showed no appreciation of my difficulties → non ha dimostrato di rendersi conto delle mie difficoltà
as a token of my appreciation → in segno della mia gratitudine
he has no appreciation of good music → non apprezza la buona musica
b. (Comm) (rise in value) → aumento (del valore)
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(əˈpriːʃieit) verb
1. to be grateful for (something). I appreciate all your hard work.
2. to value (someone or something) highly. Mothers are very often not appreciated.
3. understand; to be aware of. I appreciate your difficulties but I cannot help.
4. to increase in value. My house has appreciated (in value) considerably over the last ten years.
apˈpreciable (-ʃəbl) adjective
noticeable; considerable. an appreciable increase.
apˈpreciably (-ʃəbli) adverb
apˌpreciˈation noun
1. gratefulness. I wish to show my appreciation for what you have done.
2. the state of valuing or understanding something. a deep appreciation of poetry.
3. the state of being aware of something. He has no appreciation of our difficulties.
4. an increase in value.
5. a written article etc which describes the qualities of something. an appreciation of the new book.
apˈpreciative (-ʃətiv) adjective
giving due thanks or praise; grateful. an appreciative audience.
apˈpreciatively adverb
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