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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 appraising
  • And this difficulty of appraising literature absolutely inheres in your study of it from the beginning.
  • We should be grateful for the treasures bequeathed to us and refrain from appraising their respective deserts.
  • Scholars are not necessarily experts at appraising candidates, and may use problematic means of gaining information.
  • Possible bidders found themselves appraising a rapidly shrinking firm.
  • Too often, environmentalists go with the easy targets before accurately appraising the full picture.
  • In appraising the benefits of mergers, long-distance managers usually fail to factor in the risk of accidents.
  • These set out, using economic criteria, a step-by-step approach to appraising mergers.
  • The commission responded by drawing up guidelines for appraising horizontal mergers.
  • Also, there is some energy cost to appraising a new situation.
  • In appraising a bout, one criterion for many fans and the fight mob alike is the million-dollar gate.
British Dictionary definitions for appraising


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 appraising



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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