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Pronunciation:  u`preeshee'eyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an increase in price or value over time; "an appreciation of 30% in the value of real estate"
  2. [n]  a favorable judgment; "a small token in admiration of your works"
  3. [n]  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"
  4. [n]  understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; "he has a good grasp of accounting practices"
  5. [n]  an expression of gratitude; "he expressed his appreciation in a short note"

APPRECIATION is a 12 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: admiration, discernment, grasp, hold, perceptiveness, taste
 Antonyms: depreciation
 See Also: adoration, apprehension, approval, approving, blessing, connoisseurship, culture, delicacy, discretion, discrimination, glorification, idealisation, idealization, idolisation, idolization, increase, savvy, secernment, sense, step-up, style, thanks, trend, understanding, vertu, virtu, vogue



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ap*pre`ci*a"tion\, n. [Cf. F. appr['e]ciation.]
1. A just valuation or estimate of merit, worth, weight,
   etc.; recognition of excellence.

2. 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.                            --J. R. Green.

3. A rise in value; -- opposed to {depreciation}.

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