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[uh-preyz] /əˈpreɪz/
verb (used with object), appraised, appraising.
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
late Middle English
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The valuation must be duly set down in writing, and there is a certain fixed scale of charges for the appraiser's services.

  • I have taken the inventory of my faculties as calmly as if I were an appraiser.

    The Poet at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • A theayter cricket is a cricket and not an appraiser, y'understand.

    Worrying Won't Win Montague Glass
  • He recognized the former at once as Mr. Scantlebray, the appraiser.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
  • For, feeling my eyes upon her, she looked up and met what she must have thought the impudent stare of an appraiser.

    To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston
  • If it is found that the goods are undervalued the value will be raised by the appraiser.

    Government in the United States James Wilford Garner
  • The man at once drove the cow to the market, and gave her over for sale to the appraiser of cattle.

    The Book of Noodles W. A. Clouston
  • He therefore called out to the appraiser, and asked him what she was going at.

    The Book of Noodles W. A. Clouston
British Dictionary definitions for appraiser


verb (transitive)
to assess the worth, value, or quality of
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for appraiser

early 15c., agent noun from 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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