When you have an appreciation for something, you can see and truly understand its good qualities. One way to show your appreciation for a particularly wonderful musical performance is to give a standing ovation when it's over.

A slightly different kind of appreciation is having good taste or the ability to see aesthetic beauty in something, like members of a wine appreciation group or the teacher of a music appreciation class. There's also the appreciation that means a rise in monetary value — you might refer to the appreciation of the value of a house, for example.

Definitions of appreciation
  1. noun
    understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something
    synonyms: grasp, hold
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    a natural appreciation or ability
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    apprehension, discernment, savvy, understanding
    the cognitive condition of someone who understands
  2. noun
    delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)
    synonyms: discernment, perceptiveness, taste
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    connoisseurship, vertu, virtu
    love of or taste for fine objects of art
    style, trend, vogue
    the popular taste at a given time
    delicacy, discretion
    refined taste; tact
    the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group
    New Look
    a style of women's clothing created by Christian Dior in 1947; involved a tight bodice and narrow waist and a flowing pleated skirt
    the latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics and behavior
    a popular trend that attracts growing support
    a culture with lifestyles and values opposed to those of the established culture
    mass culture
    the culture that is widely disseminated via the mass media
    the literary culture
    type of:
    discrimination, secernment
    the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished
  3. noun
    an expression of gratitude
    “he expressed his appreciation in a short note”
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    an acknowledgment of appreciation
  4. noun
    a favorable judgment
    synonyms: admiration
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    adoration, idolisation, idolization
    the act of admiring strongly
    glorification, idealisation, idealization
    a portrayal of something as ideal
    the act of glorifying (as in worship)
    romanticisation, romanticization, sentimentalisation, sentimentalization
    the act of indulging in sentiment
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    approval, approving, blessing
    the formal act of approving
  5. noun
    an increase in price or value
    “an appreciation of 30% in the value of real estate”
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    a decrease in price or value
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    increase, step-up
    the act of increasing something
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