• WordNet 3.6
    • n appreciation an increase in price or value "an appreciation of 30% in the value of real estate"
    • n appreciation a favorable judgment "a small token in admiration of your works"
    • n 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"
    • n appreciation understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something "he has a good grasp of accounting practices"
    • n appreciation an expression of gratitude "he expressed his appreciation in a short note"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When you give someone roses, the color can have a meaning. The meaning of rose colors: Red = Love and respect, Deep pink = Gratitude, appreciation, Light pink = Admiration, sympathy White = Reverence, humility, Yellow = Joy, gladness,Orange = Enthusiasm, desire, Red & yellow blend = Gaiety, joviality,Pale blended tones = Sociability, friendship
    • Appreciation A just valuation or estimate of merit, worth, weight, etc.; recognition of excellence.
    • Appreciation A rise in value; -- opposed to depreciation.
    • Appreciation Accurate perception; true estimation; as, an appreciation of the difficulties before us; an appreciation of colors. "His foreboding showed his appreciation of Henry's character."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Little known, and even less appreciated, the United States actually has a mothers-in-law day.
    • n appreciation The act of setting a price or money value on real, personal, or mercantile effects.
    • n appreciation The act of estimating the qualities of things and giving them their due value; clear perception or recognition of the quality or worth of anything; sympathetic understanding.
    • n appreciation A rising in value; increase of value.
    • n appreciation In Scots law, the appraisement or valuing of poinded or distrained goods.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Appreciation the act of setting a value on, also specially of a work of literature or art: just—and also favourable—estimation: rise in exchangeable value: increase in value
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  • Tony Bright
    Tony Bright
    “One gift creates appreciation, many gifts create expectation.”
  • Gail Godwin
    Gail Godwin
    “One is taught by experience to put a premium on those few people who can appreciate you for what you are.”
  • Northrup Christiane
    Northrup Christiane
    “Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    “Deficiency motivation doesn't work. It will lead to a life-long pursuit of try to fix me. Learn to appreciate what you have and where and who you are.”
  • Frederick Koenig
    Frederick Koenig
    “We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”
  • Marquis De Sade
    “Happiness lies neither in vice nor in virtue; but in the manner we appreciate the one and the other, and the choice we make pursuant to our individual organization.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. appréciation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. appretiātus, pa.p. of appretiāread, to, and pretium, price.


In literature:

If he cannot appreciate the glory that is revealed upon the mountain, he will gravitate to the lower levels.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
His eyes were glowing with unconcealed appreciation of her art.
"Beth Norvell" by Randall Parrish
It did not emit appreciable smoke or odor and it was conveniently portable and less fragile than the oil-lamp.
"Artificial Light" by M. Luckiesh
You can't think how she appreciated it.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
At other times the same impression will fail for an appreciable interval to divulge its meaning.
"Illusions" by James Sully
What more could I do to prove my appreciation?
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
Hilda had begun to smile, and, indeed, the situation had its humour, but there was also behind her eyes an appreciation of another sort.
"Hilda" by Sarah Jeanette Duncan
Hearty demonstrations were participated in by the citizens in testimony of the appreciation of the military.
"Lady Rosamond's Secret" by Rebecca Agatha Armour
He's made a great scientific discovery and it isn't properly appreciated.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
When parents, unworthy ones, do not appreciate their own dignity, how will others, their children, appreciate it?
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton

In poetry:

First, I shall apply to Zabinas,
and if this moron does not appreciate me,
I shall go to his rival Grypos.
And if this idiot does not hire me,
I shall go straight to Hyrcanos.
"They Should Have Provided" by Constantine P Cavafy
And here's the reason why:
The tea was simply DRY,
You might eat it, but to drink it was impossibilitee;
But, curious to state,
Men did not appreciate
This hum'rous innovation from the North Countree.
"Josephus Riley" by Barcroft Henry Boake
Some heart that appreciates each little kindness,
That knows all my feelings, tho' oft unexpressed,
That sees not my faults with a passionate blindness,
But clings to my soul when 'tis sorely distressed.
"Kindred Spirits" by Jared Barhite
there in the hall, flat on a sheet of blood that
ran down the stairs. I did appreciate it. There are few
hosts who so thoroughly prepare to greet a guest
only casually invited, and that several months ago.
"Call Me" by Frank O Hara
The Industrial School Boys Band were there on Saturday
And played most eloquent music both plaintive and gay
Which met with the appreciation of the people there
And for the time being helped drive away dull care
"The Dundee Flower Show:Dedicated to the Right Honourable Earl of Dalhousie" by William Topaz McGonagall
Said the Spider: "I appreciate your most peculiar case,
And your feet must be quite handy when you want to run a race;
But though you gain in some ways, in some other ways you lose;
And, of course, my friend, you must be quite extravagant in shoes."
"The Two Friends" by Carolyn Wells

In news:

Prime-rib nights, liver and onions, London Broil , hot rolls, Thousand Island, stiff Manhattans—folks with a few miles on their odometers appreciate the classics.
My brows are thinner in some areas, and I can always appreciate a little tint to fill in those spots.
"We delivered the show that we sold and are sorry MTV didn't feel their viewers were savvy enough to appreciate it," she tells THR.
Although many have failed to appreciate Bruin 's deceptive speed, there's no denying his athleticism.
UW's Brust has come to appreciate his latest role.
Most aggressive riders will appreciate the control.
LeBron Appreciation Day planned for InfoCision Stadium.
I must say that I've never appreciated movie stars who treat theater as a form of charity work.
If you print even a moderate number of graphics or photos, you'll appreciate the Canon S500 Color Bubble Jet Printer 's separate ink tanks.
That's what people appreciate about the business, he said.
At the end of a week that featured frost on the pumpkin, you can appreciate why Don's Claytons annual Coat-A-Kid Campaign is getting underway.
Cubs fans have to appreciate end.
Every year they hold Fan Appreciation Day on the last home game of the season at Wrigley Field.
The Kochs Don't Appreciate Being a Liberal Caricature .
And because I hate doing the dishes, I appreciate the ease of a cast iron skillet.

In science:

It was only with originations of Eukaryotes circa 2Gya and and of multicellular life circa 600Mya that we have any appreciable jump in complexity over the previous 2 billion years of bacterial life.
The influence of parsimony and randomness on complexity growth in Tierra
This, from moment to moment, different experience of the universe, is what causes the collapse and this point has been appreciated some time ago (see, e.g., ).
Founding quantum theory on the basis of consciousness
Stark for enlightening comments. M. F. M and Z. S. appreciate financial support from Iran Telecommunication Research Center (ITRC). M. F. M wishes to acknowledge the International Graduate College “Soft Matter” at the University of Konstanz, where part of this work is done.
Persistent random walk on a site-disordered one-dimensional lattice: Photon subdiffusion
Those readers might appreciate the alternative derivation of the transformation formulae by means of the spread function who did not feel comfortable with our treatment of the singularities in the Fourier integrals of Section 3.1.
Norm-dependent Random Matrix Ensembles in External Field and Supersymmetry
It is a known fact that, although there is a large decrement in central episodic memory processes as adult’s age, there is no appreciable decrement in central semantic memory processes.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex