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appraise

[uh-preyz] /əˈpreɪz/
verb (used with object), appraised, appraising.
1.
to estimate the monetary value of; determine the worth of; assess:
We had an expert appraise the house before we bought it.
2.
to estimate the nature, quality, importance, etc.:
He tried to appraise the poetry of John Updike.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
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.
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Examples from the web for appraise
  • The committee will want to appraise the criticism that references are offering.
  • It is time for them to regroup,seriously appraise their parties failures and successes.
  • Hill and colleagues used what they call life cycle accounting to appraise the fuels.
  • The company hired to appraise and certify the collection will sell the comics in the coming year.
  • Take the time to learn how to appraise a fresh fish.
  • By seeing time as something divisible into chunks, they could more easily stop and self-appraise.
  • Perform follow-up audit procedures to appraise the adequacy of the corrective action.
British Dictionary definitions for appraise

appraise

/əˈpreɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to assess the worth, value, or quality of
2.
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
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Word Origin and History for appraise
v.

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.

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