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appreciate -- as in: I appreciate the complexities
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as in: I appreciate the complexities Define
to understand a situation-often one with important complications
  • I didn’t appreciate how long it would take to write a good report.
  • She doesn’t fully appreciate our difficulties.
  • She has no appreciation of the delicacy of the negotiations.
  • I appreciate your concerns about my proposal.

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  • Scientists did not initially appreciate the complexity of genetic expression.
  • You do not appreciate, comrade, the mighty thing that we have done.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • On Blore’s side, assisting him to the best of our ability, will be myself, Dr. Armstrong and Miss Claythorne. You will appreciate, therefore, that the odds against you if you choose to resist will be somewhat heavy.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • He was only just beginning to appreciate what had happened.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • At that stage of my youth, death remained as abstract a concept as non-Euclidean geometry or marriage. I didn’t yet appreciate its terrible finality or the havoc it could wreak on those who’d entrusted the deceased with their hearts.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • BENEATHA: (With appreciation of the two meanings, which escape RUTH and WALTER) Un-huh.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun

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  • But I quite appreciate the fact that we are all strangers to one another and that in those circumstances, nobody can be exonerated without the fullest proof.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • There was another irony he failed to appreciate: His struggle to mold me in his image had been successful after all.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • But the pilot, to his credit, appreciated the gravity of my predicament and didn’t give up.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • But I came to appreciate that mountains make poor receptacles for dreams.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal, that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • "Only the difference between truth and lie, courage and cowardice," said Professor McGonagall, who had turned pale, "a difference, in short, which you and your sister seem unable to appreciate."
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Moreover, as the ground thawed, his route turned into a gauntlet of boggy muskeg and impenetrable alder, and McCandless belatedly came to appreciate one of the fundamental (if counterintuitive) axioms of the North: winter, not summer, is the preferred season for traveling overland through the bush.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
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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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