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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.
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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Examples from the web for appraised
  • The end being a better life for the average citizen of the country being appraised.
  • appraised by educators, this series is an ideal content and reading level for middle grades.
  • The number and location of bathrooms also have an important effect on appraised value.
  • Fifty percent of the appraised value of their finds goes to the government.
  • The finder must also pay to have the item appraised and pay town processing charges.
  • More often, the buyer and seller meet halfway between the original price and the appraised value.
  • Younger homeowners, on the other hand, may know only hot markets in which appraised values double every few years.
  • They wouldn't find a toy soldier either, and if they did they would be smart to have it appraised.
  • And hire an appraiser who charges by the hour instead of by a percentage of the value of the items appraised.
  • Some of his relatives appraised social status by gradations of color, the lighter the better.
British Dictionary definitions for appraised


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 appraised



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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