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Appraise or Apprise (What’s the Difference?)

Appraise or apprise?

When to use appraise vs. apprise

incorrect: we’ve been appraised of all the relevant issues.

correct: we’ve been apprised of all the relevant issues.

*Example is borrowed from the Blue Book of Grammar. To appraise means to “consider or examine somebody/something and form an opinion about it”; also, relatedly, “to officially examine a building, an object, etc. and say how much it is worth”.

To apprise is when we “tell or inform somebody of something”. Its synonyms include words like inform, notify or make (someone/something) aware.

“Appraise” / “apprise”, used in sentences

Examples: “appraise”, used in sentences
Her eyes coolly appraised him.

She stepped back to appraise her workmanship.

The architect gave the exterior an appraising glance.
Examples: “apprise”, used in sentences
He saw no reason to apprise the committee of what had happened.

We were made fully apprised of the situation.

Let me apprise you of where we stand in the discussion.

Word forms of appraise/apprise

  • Verb forms: apprises, apprising, apprised,

Appraise, synonyms

  • apprize
  • assess
  • audit
  • calculate
  • check out
  • evaluate
  • examine
  • gauge
  • inspect
  • peg
  • evaluate
  • judge

Apprise, synonyms

  • advise
  • apprize
  • brief
  • inform
  • notify

Word origins: appraise/apprise

c. 1400, appreisen, “to set a value on,” from stem of Old French aprisier “appraise, set a price on” (14c., Modern French apprécier), from Late Latin appretiare “value, estimate,” from ad “to” (see ad-) + pretium “price”

“to notify, give notice,” 1690s, from French appris, past participle of apprendre “to inform, teach” (Old French aprendre, 12c.), etymologically “to lay hold of (in the mind),” from Latin apprehendere “take hold of, grasp” mentally or physically, from ad “to” (see ad-) + prehendere “to seize”

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  1. Oxford Learner’s Dictionary on “appraise” and “apprise”. Accessed 11 March, 2024.
  2. Harper, Douglas. “Etymology of appraise/apprise.” Online Etymology Dictionary, Accessed 11 March, 2024.

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