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apprise1

[uh-prahyz] /əˈpraɪz/
verb (used with object), apprised, apprising.
1.
to give notice to; inform; advise (often followed by of):
to be apprised of the death of an old friend.
Also, apprize.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; < French appris taught, informed, past participle of apprendre; see apprehend
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apprise

/əˈpraɪz/
verb
1.
(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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apprise

v.

"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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