'Much Appreciated': Meaning, Synonyms, Examples

By Sophia Merton, updated on February 28, 2023

Did someone use the phrase ‘much appreciated,’ and you’re not quite sure what it means? Are you looking for alternative phrases you can use in place of ‘much appreciated’?

‘Much appreciated’ is a way to express gratitude or appreciation in response to something that has been given to you or done for you. There are many appropriate synonyms that you can use, including ‘many thanks,’ ‘thanks so much,’ and ‘I appreciate it.’

What Does 'Much Appreciated' Mean?

‘Much appreciated’ is an expression of appreciation, gratitude, or politeness in response to something that has been given to them or done for them.

You might be curious to know whether this phrase is grammatically correct because it isn’t a complete sentence. However, it is a commonly accepted phrase where the full meaning of “[your action or gift] is much appreciated.’

‘Much appreciated’ is an appropriate response in a casual setting when you might otherwise say ‘thank you’ to someone. If you were sending a more formal email, though, using ‘much appreciated’ as a sign-off might not be appropriate.

It’s best to use this phrase only with people that you have an informal relationship with. In a more formal setting, it might come off as too casual or disinterested.

Examples of 'Much Appreciated' In Sentences

How would you use ‘much appreciated’ in a sentence? Let’s check out some examples:

  • “All of the donations and well wishes people have been sending to my aging mother have been much appreciated.
  • Much appreciated! It’s not a problem at all that you’ll be late, but I appreciate you letting me know that you’re stuck in traffic.”
  • “Thanks so much for telling me about the mongoose exhibit at the zoo. My kids are going to love it! Much appreciated.
  • “Preparing for this event has been completely nerve-wracking. Your support is much appreciated.”
  • Person A: “Here are those files you were asking about.”

Person B: Much appreciated!

  • Person A:  “I learned from Tom that you love cheeseburgers, so I’m making them for dinner!

Person B: Much appreciated! That sounds delicious.”

Person A: “I wanted to give you these clothes– you seem to always admire them and they just don’t fit me anymore.”

Person B: Much appreciated! Now I don’t have to shop for new clothes.”

  • Person A: It sucks that you’re feeling sick again– I brought you some chicken soup and magazines.”

Person B: Much appreciated! You have no idea how kind that is.”

  • Person A:  “I just wanted to let you know that the trail is closed up ahead.”

Person B: Much appreciated!

Synonyms For ‘Much Appreciated'

What are some other words and phrases that have a similar meaning to 'much appreciated'? Here are some options:

  • Many thanks
  • Thank you
  • Thank you so much
  • Thank you very much
  • Thank you kindly
  • Thanks a lot
  • Thanks a bunch
  • Thanks a ton
  • Thanks a million
  • Thanks very much
  • Much obliged
  • I’m so grateful
  • I appreciate it
  • I owe you one
  • Thanks for having my back
  • I couldn’t have done it without you
  • I can’t thank you enough
  • Cheers
  • Thanks for taking the time to do this
  • That’s so kind of you
  • I’m beyond grateful
  • You’ve been a big help
  • I really appreciate your help
  • You’re a lifesaver!
  • You shouldn’t have!
  • It means the world to me
  • You’re the best
  • I sincerely appreciate your help
  • Merci (colloquial)
  • Gracias (colloquial)

Final Thoughts on ‘Much Appreciated’

‘Much appreciated’ is a simple and common way to tell someone that you are grateful for something they’ve done. Whether someone picked something up off the ground that you dropped or is giving you information that is useful to you, ‘much appreciated’ is an appropriate and polite response in many circumstances.

If you are communicating with someone in a more formal setting, though, you might want to choose a less casual option. In regular conversation, though, ‘much appreciated’ is a suitable way to express your gratitude.

Are you looking for more English words and phrases to add to your vocabulary? Make sure you check out our idioms blog!

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Written By:
Sophia Merton
Sophia Merton is one of the lead freelance writers for WritingTips.org. Sophia received her BA from Vassar College. She is passionate about reading, writing, and the written word. Her goal is to help everyone, whether native English speaker or not, learn how to write and speak with perfect English.

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