What does the word appreciation mean?

Usage examples for appreciation

  1. One thing Ireland had done for him, and for that he would be always grateful to Ireland- Ireland had revealed a noble woman to him; and distance would bring a closer and more intimate appreciation of her. – The Untilled Field by George Moore
  2. He had taken advantage of the opportunity which the gift of the cake presented to send her a note of thanks and appreciation. – The Dude Wrangler by Caroline Lockhart