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 for appreciation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Appreciation \Ap*pre`ci*a"tion\, n. [Cf. F. appr['e]ciation.]
     1. A just valuation or estimate of merit, worth, weight,
        etc.; recognition of excellence.
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     2. Accurate perception; true estimation; as, an appreciation
        of the difficulties before us; an appreciation of colors.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              His foreboding showed his appreciation of Henry's
              character.                            --J. R. Green.
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     3. A rise in value; -- opposed to depreciation.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  appreciation
      n 1: understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or
           magnitude of something; "he has a good grasp of accounting
           practices" [syn: appreciation, grasp, hold]
      2: delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values);
         "arrogance and lack of taste contributed to his rapid
         success"; "to ask at that particular time was the ultimate in
         bad taste" [syn: taste, appreciation, discernment,
         perceptiveness]
      3: an expression of gratitude; "he expressed his appreciation in
         a short note"
      4: a favorable judgment; "a small token in admiration of your
         works" [syn: admiration, appreciation]
      5: an increase in price or value; "an appreciation of 30% in the
         value of real estate" [ant: depreciation]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  180 Moby Thesaurus words for "appreciation":
     acceptance, access, accession, accretion, accrual, accruement,
     accumulation, acknowledgment, addition, admiration, admission,
     adoration, advance, aggrandizement, allowance, amplification,
     analyzing, apotheosis, apperception, appraisal, appraisement,
     appraising, appreciation of differences, appreciativeness,
     approbation, approval, artistic judgment, ascent, assessing,
     assessment, augmentation, avowal, awareness, awe, ballooning,
     bloating, blurb, boom, boost, breathless adoration, broadening,
     buildup, cognition, cognizance, commendation, comprehension,
     concession, confession, connoisseurship, consciousness,
     consideration, courtesy, crescendo, critical niceness,
     criticalness, declaration, deference, deification, delicacy,
     development, discriminating taste, discriminatingness,
     discrimination, discriminativeness, duty, edema, elevation,
     enhancement, enjoyment, enlargement, esteem, estimate, estimation,
     evaluating, evaluation, evaluative criticism, exaggerated respect,
     expansion, extension, fastidiousness, favor, feel, feeling,
     fine palate, finesse, flood, gain, gauging, good word,
     gratefulness, gratitude, great respect, greatening, growth, gush,
     hero worship, high regard, hike, homage, honor, honorable mention,
     hype, idolatry, idolization, increase, increment, inflation,
     insight, judiciousness, jump, knowledge, leap, making distinctions,
     measurement, mindfulness, mounting, multiplication,
     niceness of distinction, nicety, noesis, note, notice, obligation,
     opinion, palate, perception, plug, prestige, productiveness,
     profession, proliferation, promotion, puff, raise, ranking, rating,
     realization, reckoning, recognition, refined discrimination,
     refined palate, refinement, regard, respect, reverence,
     reverential regard, rise, salvo, selectiveness, sense,
     sense of obligation, sensibility, sensitivity, snowballing, spread,
     subtlety, surge, swelling, tact, tactfulness, taste, thankfulness,
     thanks, tribute, tumescence, understanding, up, upping, upsurge,
     upswing, uptrend, upturn, valuation, valuing, veneration, view,
     waxing, weighing, widening, worship
  
  

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