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English noun: appreciation

1. appreciation (cognition) understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something

SamplesHe has a good grasp of accounting practices.

Synonymsgrasp, hold

Broader (hypernym)apprehension, discernment, savvy, understanding

Narrower (hyponym)sense

2. appreciation (cognition) delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)

SamplesArrogance and lack of taste contributed to his rapid success.
To ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste.

Synonymsdiscernment, perceptiveness, taste

Broader (hypernym)discrimination, secernment

Narrower (hyponym)connoisseurship, culture, delicacy, discretion, style, trend, vertu, virtu, vogue

Attributetasteful, tasteless

3. appreciation (communication) an expression of gratitude

SamplesHe expressed his appreciation in a short note.

Broader (hypernym)thanks

4. appreciation (act) a favorable judgment

SamplesA small token in admiration of your works.


Broader (hypernym)approval, approving, blessing

Narrower (hyponym)adoration, glorification, idealisation, idealization, idolisation, idolization

5. appreciation (act) an increase in price or value

SamplesAn appreciation of 30% in the value of real estate.

Broader (hypernym)increase, step-up


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