• IPA: /əˌpɹiː.ʃiˈeɪ.ʃən/


  1. A fair valuation or estimate of merit, worth, weight, etc.; recognition of excellence.
    We give to you this trophy as a token of our appreciation of all your years of service.
  2. Accurate perception; true estimation.
    an appreciation of the difficulties before us
    an appreciation of colors
    • 2014, Ian Jack, "Is this the end of Britishness ↗", The Guardian, 16 September 2014:
      The English, until relatively recently, seem to have imagined “English” and “British” to be interchangeable, as if Britain was just a bigger England. Our dualism gave us a better appreciation of the nation-state we lived in, though if Britain was a “nation” as well as a “state”, where did that leave Scotland?
  3. A rise in value.
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