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noun British English pronunciation: appreciation /əˌpriːʃiˈeɪʃ(ə)n/ 
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pluralappreciations
  1. 1
    [uncountable] the feeling you have when you are grateful to someone

    This is just a small token of our appreciation.

    in appreciation (of):

    The award is given in appreciation of her huge contribution to the film industry.

  2. 2
    [singular/uncountable] the ability to understand the true nature of a situation, and realize why it is important or serious

    There is a growing appreciation of the need for environmental reforms.

    The course allows students to gain an appreciation of what life was like then.

  3. 3
    [singular/uncountable] pleasure in understanding something that is good or beautiful
    appreciation of:

    We share an appreciation of music.

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