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[uh-preyz] /əˈpreɪz/
verb (used with object), appraised, appraising.
to estimate the monetary value of; determine the worth of; assess:
We had an expert appraise the house before we bought it.
to estimate the nature, quality, importance, etc.:
He tried to appraise the poetry of John Updike.
Origin of appraise
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English apraysen to set a value on, probably a conflation of aprisen to apprize1 and preisen to praise (with sense of prize2)
Related forms
appraisable, adjective
appraiser, noun
appraisingly, adverb
appraisive, adjective
misappraise, verb (used with object), misappraised, misappraising.
overappraise, verb (used with object), overappraised, overappraising.
reappraise, verb (used with object), reappraised, reappraising.
unappraised, adjective
Can be confused
appraise, apprise. Unabridged
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  • First he arranged with Valasco to identify as nearly as possible, and to appraise, the French and Italian pictures.

    The Streets of Ascalon Robert W. Chambers
  • To collect, scrutinise, and appraise facts is his chief business.Science.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • No one born out of Little Arcady can appraise the revolutionary character of this circumstance at anything like its true value.

    The Boss of Little Arcady Harry Leon Wilson
  • Its efficiency is not the efficiency which the business engineer is fitted to appraise.

    The Frontier in American History Frederick Jackson Turner
  • We must appraise the events of 1942 according to their relative importance; we must exercise a sense of proportion.

  • One by one she could appraise her own possessions, and those they fabled of her.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • He was absorbed in thinking of the evening before, and in trying to appraise each of Loo's words and looks.

    Elder Conklin Frank Harris
British Dictionary definitions for appraise


verb (transitive)
to assess the worth, value, or quality of
to make a valuation of, as for taxation purposes
Derived Forms
appraisable, adjective
appraiser, noun
appraisingly, adverb
appraisive, adjective
appraisively, adverb
Usage note
Appraise is sometimes wrongly used where apprise is meant: they had been apprised (not appraised) of my arrival
Word Origin
C15: from Old French aprisier, from prisier to prize²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for appraise

c.1400, "to set a value on," from stem of Old French aprisier "apraise, set a price on" (14c., Modern French apprécier), from Late Latin appretiare "value, estimate," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + pretium "price" (see price (n.)). Original English spelling apprize altered by influence of praise. Related: Appraised; appraising.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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