appraise

appraise, apprise
Like many near-sounding words with some relation of meaning, these are often confused. Appraise means ‘to assess the value of (something or someone)’ (e.g.

• When a man is stripped of all worldly insignia, one can appraise him for what he is truly worth —Charles Chaplin, 1964

• It was an interval at least long enough for him to appraise the situation —Antonia Fraser, 1988).

Apprise means ‘to inform, to give notice to’ and is normally constructed with a personal object followed by of (e.g.

• He was annoyed that I had not bothered to apprise him of the upsetting news sooner —P. Bailey, 1986).

It is common in passive constructions be apprised and keep someone apprised

• (In truth she did make a mistake —there is no denying it —and she was speedily apprised of it by her brother —J. Sutherland, 2000).


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • appraise — ap‧praise [əˈpreɪz] verb [transitive] 1. HUMAN RESOURCES to decide how well an employee is doing his or her work, usually after discussing with the employee how well he or she has performed during the past year : • It is the line manager s job to …   Financial and business terms

  • appraise — ap·praise /ə prāz/ vt ap·praised, ap·prais·ing: to estimate the value of: make an appraisal of ap·prais·er n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • appraise — ► VERB 1) assess the quality or nature of. 2) give (an employee) an appraisal. 3) (of an official valuer) set a price on. DERIVATIVES appraisee noun appraiser noun. USAGE Appraise is frequently confused …   English terms dictionary

  • Appraise — Ap*praise , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Appraised}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Appraising}.] [Pref. ad + praise. See {Praise}, {Price}, {Apprize}, {Appreciate}.] 1. To set a value; to estimate the worth of, particularly by persons appointed for the purpose; as,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • appraise — (v.) c.1400, to set a value on, from stem of O.Fr. aprisier apraise, set a price on (14c., Mod.Fr. apprécier), from L.L. appretiare value, estimate, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + pretium price (see PRICE (Cf. price …   Etymology dictionary

  • appraise — value, *estimate, evaluate, assay, rate, assess Analogous words: *judge, adjudge: determine, ascertain, *discover: inspect, examine, *scrutinize, audit …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • appraise — [v] judge, estimate adjudge, assay, assess, audit, calculate, check, check out*, deem, evaluate, examine, eye*, figure, figure in, figure out, gauge, guesstimate*, have one’s number*, inspect, look over, peg, price, rate, read, review, set at,… …   New thesaurus

  • appraise — [ə prāz′] vt. appraised, appraising [ME apreisen < OFr apreiser < LL(Ec) appretiare < L ad, to + pretium, PRICE; sp. infl. by PRAISE] 1. to set a price for; decide the value of, esp. officially 2. to estimate the quantity of 3. to judge… …   English World dictionary

  • appraise — [15] Originally, appraise meant simply ‘fix the price of’. It came from the Old French verb aprisier ‘value’, which is ultimately a parallel formation with appreciate; it is not clear whether it came directly from late Latin appretiāre, or… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • appraise — UK [əˈpreɪz] / US verb [transitive] Word forms appraise : present tense I/you/we/they appraise he/she/it appraises present participle appraising past tense appraised past participle appraised 1) formal to form an opinion about how successful,… …   English dictionary

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