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[uh-prahyz] /əˈpraɪz/
verb (used with object), apprised, apprising.
to give notice to; inform; advise (often followed by of):
to be apprised of the death of an old friend.
Origin of apprise1
1685-95; < French appris taught, informed, past participle of apprendre; see apprehend
Can be confused
appraise, apprise.


[uh-prahyz] /əˈpraɪz/
verb (used with object), apprised, apprising. Obsolete.
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Examples from the Web for apprise
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  • He smiled with gentle irony when I told him of what I had heard, and how I had hastened to apprise him of it.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • You are then to apprise the President of the Haarlem Society.

    The Black Tulip Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • Terry hastened to the quarters of the Health Officer to apprise him of the facts.

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
  • Count Larinski forgot to apprise us that he was already married.

    Samuel Brohl & Company Victor Cherbuliez
  • He stated that he did not apprise the club of the change, and that it was not noticed.

  • Then he danced a few steps of a real jig, to apprise them of his coming.

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson
  • An Editor's stipulated work is to apprise thee that it must be done.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • The fruit-seller was far too wise a woman to call after the other and apprise her of the loss.

  • Indeed, how could she apprise him of events which were now the talk of the court?

    Under the Rose

    Frederic Stewart Isham
  • Look you, my hero, to these letters; they will apprise you of much work.

    Paul Clifford, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for apprise


(transitive) often foll by of. to make aware; inform
Word Origin
C17: from French appris, from apprendre to teach; learn; see apprehend
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Word Origin and History for apprise

"to notify," 1690s, from French appris, past participle of apprendre "to inform, teach," literally "to lay hold of (in the mind)," another metaphoric meaning of Latin apprehendere (see apprehend). Related: Apprised; apprising.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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