to estimate the monetary value of; determine the worth of; assess: We had an expert appraise the house before we bought it.
to estimate the nature, quality, importance, etc.: He tried to appraise the poetry of John Updike.
Origin of appraise
1400–50;late Middle Englishapraysen to set a value on, probably a conflation of aprisen to apprize1 and preisen to praise (with sense of prize2)
Related formsap·prais·a·ble, adjectiveap·prais·er, nounap·prais·ing·ly, adverbap·prais·ive, adjectivemis·ap·praise, verb (used with object),mis·ap·praised,mis·ap·prais·ing.o·ver·ap·praise, verb (used with object),o·ver·ap·praised,o·ver·ap·prais·ing.re·ap·praise, verb (used with object),re·ap·praised,re·ap·prais·ing.un·ap·praised, adjectiveCan be confusedappraiseapprise
c.1400, "to set a value on," from stem of Old French aprisier "apraise, set a price on" (14c., Modern French apprécier), from Late Latin appretiare "value, estimate," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + pretium "price" (see price (n.)). Original English spelling apprize altered by influence of praise. Related: Appraised; appraising.