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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 for appraiser
  • The appraiser summed up the workers' performance in one or two words.
  • Yesterday an appraiser hired by the bank visited my house.
  • In this section you will find information on how to obtain a resident, reciprocal and temporary appraiser license.
  • Fourteen hours of continuing education are required per year for all appraiser categories.
British Dictionary definitions for appraiser

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 appraiser
appraise
1530s, from Fr. apprécier, from L.L. appretiare "value, estimate," from ad- "to" + pretium "price" (see price). Original Eng. spelling apprize altered by influence of praise (q.v.). Related: Appraiser (1520s).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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