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appreciate -- as in: I appreciate her efforts.
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as in: I appreciate her efforts. Define
to recognize the value or importance of and/or: to be grateful for
  • I appreciate the importance of this decision.
  • I don’t really appreciate expensive wine. It is wasted on me.
  • I’ve been much happier and more fun to be around since I’ve adopted a positive attitude and tried to appreciate the good people and things that are in my life.
  • Sometimes you don’t appreciate what you have because you’re too focused on what you want.

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  • She does not feel appreciated.
  • I appreciate your wanting to help, but this is something I need to do myself.
  • I would appreciate it if you would let me finish the story without interruption.
  • She has no appreciation for fine wines.
  • ...said he was just loadened down with more gaudier chances than a prisoner ever had in the world to make a name for himself, and yet he didn’t know enough to appreciate them, and they was just about wasted on him.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • ’Comrades,’ he said, ’I trust that every animal here appreciates the sacrifice that Comrade Napoleon has made in taking this extra labour upon himself.’
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm

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  • He remembered exactly how he had felt sitting there-listening, making notes, appreciating everything, tabulating every scrap of evidence that told against the prisoner.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Simply to be alive to watch the sun rise over the sparkling snowy hillside ought to have been the greatest treasure on earth, yet he could not appreciate it:
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • It would probably be a mistake, however, to conclude thereby that McCandless failed to appreciate the beauty of the country around him, that he was unmoved by the power of the landscape.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • I’m going to try to get right to the point. I’m sure we’ll all appreciate that in the long run.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • Anyway, even if she’s sugarcoating my good points, I appreciate it.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • "Saw your dad though, Ron. He looks fine."
      Ron nodded his appreciation of this news.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Whoopee— (He leaps up and clasps his father around the middle with his legs, and they face each other in mutual appreciation...)
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • With a nod and unpleasant smile to Harry, who was evidently expected to appreciate this treatment of Cattermole, Yaxley swept away toward another lift.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Harry could only assume that Sirius’s parents had been unable to remove the Permanent Sticking Charm that kept them on the wall because he was sure they would not have appreciated their eldest son’s taste in decoration.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • It’s only now that he’s been corrupted that I can fully appreciate the real Peeta.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • "Well, you see, believers seek the Deathly Hallows," said Xenophilius, smacking his lips in apparent appreciation of the Gurdyroot infusion.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • GEORGE: It’s an eight-thirty curtain. That’s just Chicago, though. In New York standard curtain time is eight forty. (He is rather proud of this knowledge)
    RUTH: (Properly appreciating it) You get to New York a lot?
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • He said with appreciation: "Good for you, Vera! You’ve got your wits about you-even if you have been scared half out of your life."
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • It never seems to bother him when no one else appreciates his jokes.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Ginny gave Harry a radiant smile: He had forgotten, he had never fully appreciated, how beautiful she was, but he had never been less pleased to see her.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Slowly, very slowly, he sat up, and as he did so he felt more alive and more aware of his own living body than ever before. Why had he never appreciated what a miracle he was, brain and nerve and bounding heart?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • I wrap my arms around his neck, feel his arms hesitate before they embrace me. Not as steady as they once were, but still warm and strong. A thousand moments surge through me. All the times these arms were my only refuge from the world. Perhaps not fully appreciated then, but so sweet in my memory, and now gone forever.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
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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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