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Sentence usage:

I open the door and walk inside, and the unfortunately familiar brown walls and the smooth tiled floors greet me.

I want to have a sad and depressing tone to that sentence, so "greet" is not appropriate.

What would be an appropriate word to replace "greet" to keep that somber feeling?

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    But greet doesn't necessarily have any positive connotation, so I'm not sure that you necessarily need another word. One of the examples for greet at Merriam-Webster is "greeted him with boos" – stangdon Oct 11 '17 at 21:34
  • @stangdon good point. – Mingle Li Oct 11 '17 at 22:02
  • I don't think you can express this somberness of greeting with a verb alone. You might consider simply shifting the word "unfortunately" to be directly before greet: ".... and the familiar brown walls and smooth tiled floors unfortunately greet me". – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 11 '17 at 22:56
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One idea would be:

acknowledge - show that one has noticed or recognized (someone) by making a gesture or greeting.

Used on its own, it does not carry any connotation of warmth in the greeting.

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