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appreciation

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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    types:
    sense
    a natural appreciation or ability
    type of:
    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
    culture
    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
    fashion
    the latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics and behavior
    bandwagon
    a popular trend that attracts growing support
    counterculture
    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
    letters
    the literary culture
    pop culture, popular culture
    the art, media, and ideas preferred by ordinary people, rather than the educated elite
    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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    type of:
    thanks
    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
    glorification
    the act of glorifying (as in worship)
    romanticisation, romanticization, sentimentalisation, sentimentalization
    the act of indulging in sentiment
    type of:
    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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    Antonyms:
    depreciation
    a decrease in price or value
    type of:
    increase, step-up
    the act of increasing something
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