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appraise

[uh-preyz] /əˈpreɪz/
verb (used with object), appraised, appraising.
1.
to estimate the monetary value of; determine the worth of; assess:
We had an expert appraise the house before we bought it.
2.
to estimate the nature, quality, importance, etc.:
He tried to appraise the poetry of John Updike.
Origin of appraise
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English apraysen to set a value on, probably a conflation of aprisen to apprize1 and preisen to praise (with sense of prize2)
Related forms
appraisable, adjective
appraiser, noun
appraisingly, adverb
appraisive, adjective
misappraise, verb (used with object), misappraised, misappraising.
overappraise, verb (used with object), overappraised, overappraising.
reappraise, verb (used with object), reappraised, reappraising.
unappraised, adjective
Can be confused
appraise, apprise.
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  • She was little concerned with the morality of her course as others might appraise it.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • The only standard by which the majority of us appraise our work is man's.

  • It would have been easier to appraise had there been a workable alternative.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • To collect, scrutinise, and appraise facts is his chief business.Science.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • Its efficiency is not the efficiency which the business engineer is fitted to appraise.

    The Frontier in American History

    Frederick Jackson Turner
  • One by one she could appraise her own possessions, and those they fabled of her.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • We can now appraise the true magnitude of the errors which have been made.

    The Story of the Heavens Robert Stawell Ball
British Dictionary definitions for appraise

appraise

/əˈpreɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to assess the worth, value, or quality of
2.
to make a valuation of, as for taxation purposes
Derived Forms
appraisable, adjective
appraiser, noun
appraisingly, adverb
appraisive, adjective
appraisively, adverb
Usage note
Appraise is sometimes wrongly used where apprise is meant: they had been apprised (not appraised) of my arrival
Word Origin
C15: from Old French aprisier, from prisier to prize²
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Word Origin and History for appraise
v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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