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  • The determination to be all one pretty flowerlet of appreciation leaked away.
  • She appreciated the homely ease of village life.

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  • The Dawsons smiled their appreciation of listening to a savant.
  • She had found one man in the prairie village who did not appreciate her picture of winding streets and arcades, but she had assembled the town council and dramatically defeated him.
  • She was the one who could be depended upon to appreciate the Caruso phonograph record, and the Chinese lantern which Mr. Marbury had brought back as his present from San Francisco.
  • Gosh, I wish I could appreciate that highbrow art stuff.
  • It’s like this: I don’t mind dealing with my men if they think they’ve got any grievances—though Lord knows what’s come over workmen, nowadays—don’t appreciate a good job.
  • "But this is—this is—why, it’s just a——Why, Vida, I thought you appreciated—well—appreciated art."
  • "But this is—this is—why, it’s just a——Why, Vida, I thought you appreciated—well—appreciated art."
  • Perhaps the best known of his plays was "The Merchant of Venice," having a beautiful love story and a fine appreciation of a woman’s brains, which a woman’s club, even those who did not care to commit themselves on the question of suffrage, ought to appreciate.

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  • With your permission, may we present you with a slight token of our regard and appreciation of your long service?
  • She recalled certain other women who had come from the Outside and had not appreciated Gopher Prairie.
  • Trouble with you is, you don’t make any effort to appreciate us.
  • "need only the opportunity, to appreciate fine things," and "sturdy exponents of democracy."
  • Folks ought to appreciate lovely things, but just the same, they got to be practical and—they got to look at things in a practical way.
  • Then, smiling excessively, "Uh—don’t you think Carol sometimes fails to appreciate Dr. Will’s ability?"
  • You always appreciate other people too much.
  • You can’t appreciate a man’s work.
  • Perhaps the best known of his plays was "The Merchant of Venice," having a beautiful love story and a fine appreciation of a woman’s brains, which a woman’s club, even those who did not care to commit themselves on the question of suffrage, ought to appreciate.
  • The other day, in Washington, I was talking to a big scientific shark, a professor in Johns Hopkins medical school, and he was saying that no one has ever sufficiently appreciated the general practitioner and the sympathy and help he gives folks.
  • I guess I never appreciated how lucky I was to have a girl with imagination and lively feet to play with.
  • I know that you, of all people, are the one that can appreciate Dr. Will.
  • I don’t expect you to be passionate—not any more I don’t—but I do expect you to appreciate my work.
  • I’ve stood for your refusing to appreciate good fellows like Sam.
  • She glared back, defending her own, daring the world not to appreciate them.
  • Her countless friends who appreciate her splendid labors with the local Red Cross realize how valuable she will be to any war board with which she chooses to become connected.
  • But because I liked him, I know how sincere and pure and noble Will is, and his thoughts never straying from the path of rectitude, and——If I gave him up to you, at least you’ve got to appreciate him!
  • She alternately detested herself for not appreciating the kindly women, and detested them for their advice: lugubrious hints as to how much she would suffer in labor, details of baby-hygiene based on long experience and total misunderstanding, superstitious cautions about the things she must eat and read and look at in prenatal care for the baby’s soul, and always a pest of simpering baby-talk.
  • …today, except for the advantages of the fine old Scotch kirk where he heard the Word of God preached more fearlessly than even in the finest big brick churches in the big and so-called advanced cities of today, but he did not have our educational advantages and Latin and the other treasures of the mind so richly strewn before the, alas, too ofttimes inattentive feet of our youth who do not always sufficiently appreciate the privileges freely granted to every American boy rich or poor.
  • She ran to Vida, kissed her forehead, comforted her with a murmur of dove-like sounds, sought to reassure her with worn and hastily assembled gifts of words: "Oh, I appreciate it so much," and "You are so fine and splendid," and "Let me assure you there isn’t a thing to what you’ve heard," and "Oh, indeed, I do know how sincere Will is, and as you say, so—so sincere."
  • …cooked, but that wasn’t the reason at all, it wasn’t because I didn’t think they were well cooked, I’m sure that everything in your house is always very dainty and nice, though I do think that Oscarina is careless about some things, she doesn’t appreciate the big wages you pay her, and she is so cranky, all these Swedes are so cranky, I don’t really see why you have a Swede, but——But that wasn’t it, I didn’t eat them not because I didn’t think they weren’t cooked proper, it was just—I…
  • The Dawsons glanced at each other in appreciation of the jest; and he chirped, "You’re worse than Reverend Benlick!
  • I don’t believe you appreciate the honor, when you got into the Jolly Seventeen so easy!"
  • "But sometimes," Raymie sighed, "there is a pair of dainty little shoes like these, and I set them aside for some one who will appreciate.
  • …hurry home, but I couldn’t devote myself to my own selfish cares till I’d warned you, and heaven knows I don’t expect any thanks for trying to warn the town against her, there’s always so much evil in the world that folks simply won’t see or appreciate your trying to safeguard them——And forcing herself in here to get in with you and Carrie, many ’s the time I’ve seen her doing it, and, thank heaven, she was found out in time before she could do any more harm, it simply breaks my heart…
  • While she was listening to Mrs. Nodelquist’s account of how many thousands of farmers’ wives used the rest-room every year, and how much they "appreciated the kindness of the ladies in providing them with this lovely place, and all free," she thought, "Kindness nothing!
  • Seems foolish to spend money when they wouldn’t appreciate it."
  • She sat up, and took advantage of her victory: "I don’t want to rub it in, but you can see for yourself now, this is all a result of your being so discontented and not appreciating the dear good people here.

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as in: I appreciate her efforts. Define
to recognize the value or importance of and/or: to be grateful for
as in: I appreciate the complexities Define
to understand a situation-often one with important complications
as in: We hope our home will appreciate Define
to increase in value
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