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Friday, June 13, 2008

Definitions for apprise

  1. To give notice to; to inform; -- often followed by of; as, we will apprise the general of an intended attack; he apprised the commander of what he had done.

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Citations for apprise
When Tyler, tuning in to channel seven, became apprised of this news, he raised his eyebrows and smiled. William T. Vollmann, The Royal Family
I felt it a duty almost to stifle opinion: as a doctor, you are there to support the patient, apprise him of the bare clinical facts only. David Loxterkamp M.D., A Measure of My Days
Origin of apprise
1685-1695
Apprise comes from French appris, past participle of apprendre, from Old French aprendre, "to learn," from Vulgar Latin apprendere, from Latin apprehendere, "to take hold of (by the mind)," from ad- + prehendere, "to lay hold of, to seize."