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English definition of “appreciation”

appreciation

noun [U]
 
 
/əˌpriːʃiˈeɪʃən/
VALUE B2 an understanding of how good something or someone is so that you are able to enjoy them: His appreciation of art increased as he grew older.Understanding and comprehendingTaking pleasure in something
FEEL GRATEFUL a feeling of being grateful for something: To show our appreciation, we've bought you a little gift.Relieved and thankful
UNDERSTANDING an understanding of a situation, especially that it is complicated or difficult: He has no appreciation of the size of the problem.Understanding and comprehending
INCREASE formal an increase in valueValue and price increases
(Definition of appreciation from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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