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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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  • When he got on board, Captain Suckling was not in the ship, nor had any person been apprised of the boy's coming.

  • He at once apprised Gaston of the determination of the countess.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • I apprised him of my intention and instructed him to lock the room in which the document was guarded.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • She had been apprised by letter of their success and of their coming.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • Bet was a strong lass, who, when apprised of her danger, could fight her own battles.

    A Girl of the People L. T. Meade
  • Lewis was apprised of the design, and took a warm interest in it.

  • The instant he felt it, he started; but my low "s-h" apprised him of danger, and he again resumed his old position.

    The Young Trail Hunters Samuel Woodworth Cozzens
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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