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.

Primary Meanings of appreciation

1.
n
understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something
2.
n
an increase in price or value
Full Definitions of appreciation
1

n understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something

Synonyms:
grasp, hold
Types:
sense
a natural appreciation or ability
Type of:
apprehension, discernment, savvy, understanding
the cognitive condition of someone who understands

n delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)

Synonyms:
discernment, perceptiveness, taste
Types:
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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
Type of:
discrimination, secernment
the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished

n an expression of gratitude

“he expressed his appreciation in a short note”
Type of:
thanks
an acknowledgment of appreciation

n a favorable judgment

Synonyms:
admiration
Types:
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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
2

n an increase in price or value

“an appreciation of 30% in the value of real estate”
Antonyms:
depreciation
a decrease in price or value
Type of:
increase, step-up
the act of increasing something

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