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[uh-prahyz] /əˈpraɪz/
verb (used with object), apprised, apprising.
to give notice to; inform; advise (often followed by of):
to be apprised of the death of an old friend.
Origin of apprise1
1685-95; < French appris taught, informed, past participle of apprendre; see apprehend
Can be confused
appraise, apprise.


[uh-prahyz] /əˈpraɪz/
verb (used with object), apprised, apprising. Obsolete
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  • We hope at that time to fully apprise the county authorities of the plans of the industry.
  • Before you fall behind on bills, apprise your creditors of the situation; they may have programs to help.
  • We then apprise them of their obligations legally, morally and ethically.
  • Please apprise me of whatever disciplinary action you plan to take.
  • She doesn't even have to call to apprise me anymore, at each stop along the way.
  • Employers are not mandated to apprise reservists of their rights.
  • It is needless to apprise you we were disappointed.
  • Still no one went to apprise the doomed city of its approaching ruin.
  • Therefore, this revision will apprise our financial management workforce and other interested parties about the changes.
  • Explains policies, procedures, and requirements to applicants to apprise them of their rights and responsibilities.
British Dictionary definitions for apprise


(transitive) often foll by of. to make aware; inform
Word Origin
C17: from French appris, from apprendre to teach; learn; see apprehend
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Word Origin and History for apprise

"to notify," 1690s, from French appris, past participle of apprendre "to inform, teach," literally "to lay hold of (in the mind)," another metaphoric meaning of Latin apprehendere (see apprehend). Related: Apprised; apprising.

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