An effective metaphor will help your readers understand, remember, and ___________ your idea.
I have been looking for a single word to fill in that blank that means "take interest in." Why? Perhaps because a single word will feel nicely parallel.
Thesaurus.com gives me synonyms for the sense of "enjoy" or "be fond of," such as admire, approve, cherish, love, fancy, relish, dig, etc. But the meaning I'm looking for is not really "enjoy" or "be fond of."
Synonyms for "interest," as in "attraction" or "curiosity" include concern, enthusiasm, and passion. But the verb forms of those nouns certainly don't work in my sentence, with "your idea" as the object. Nor do the verbs fascinate or involve.
Isolating the "interest" idea and using the verb form, I might say "An effective metaphor will interest your reader," but that means the metaphor itself is interesting to the reader, not the idea that it illustrates.
So... is there a single word for "take interest in"?