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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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Examples from the Web for appraisingly
Historical Examples
  • His gun came up and he looked at Craven appraisingly, as if selecting his targets.

    Empire Clifford Donald Simak
  • He looked at her appraisingly, a glint of sympathy in his eyes.

    The Trail to Yesterday Charles Alden Seltzer
  • For fully ten seconds the big fellow faced Oliver, his blue eyes studying him carefully, appraisingly.

    The Heritage of the Hills Arthur P. Hankins
  • She was looking hard and appraisingly at the rings as she spoke.

    Consequences E. M. Delafield
  • They looked at Eveley appraisingly, as we always look on those who come to do us good.

    Eve to the Rescue Ethel Hueston
  • "One of those long easterly spurs," Terry said appraisingly.

    Herland Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
  • They nudged one another as they passed, lowered their voices when he was near, studied him appraisingly.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
  • Kate looked at her appraisingly, and warmed in the doing of it.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  • He held his face back from her for an instant and looked at her appraisingly.

    The Pursuit Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
  • For a minute or so Jean stood looking down upon Jan appraisingly.

    Jan A. J. Dawson
British Dictionary definitions for appraisingly


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 appraisingly



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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