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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.
Also, apprize.
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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  • At the luncheon he was formally apprised of his appointment.
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  • He kept the industry apprised of regulatory developments and changes affecting it throughout the world.
  • Next, deliver weekly status reports to keep your manager apprised of short-term performance achievements.
  • These are both so new, unless actually looking for these, it would almost be impossible to have been fully apprised of them.
  • Her campaign to be apprised of the complete contents of her father's estate.
  • In a series of flashbacks, the viewer is apprised of the reasons for the two leathernecks' supposed dereliction of duty.
  • As a regulated industry, it is expected that surety companies keep themselves apprised of legislation affecting their industry.
British Dictionary definitions for apprised


(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 apprised



"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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