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Step across certain to be appreciated (9)

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I believe the answer is:

treasured

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Here is my best explanation:

'appreciated' is the definition.
('treasure' can be a synonym of 'appreciate')

'step across certain' is the wordplay.
'step' becomes 'tread' ('tread' can be a synonym of 'step'**).
'across' indicates putting letters inside.
'certain' becomes 'sure' ('sure' can be a synonym of 'certain').
'tread' enclosing 'sure' is 'TREASURED'.

'to be' acts as a link.

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for treasured that I've seen before include "Cherished, held dear", "thought highly of", "Cherished, precious", "Loved", "Held dear", "Darling", "Valuable", "Much-valued", "Chersihed, held dear" and "Regarded as precious".)

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