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

    Under the Rose Frederic Stewart Isham
  • Count Larinski forgot to apprise us that he was already married.

    Samuel Brohl & Company Victor Cherbuliez
  • Then he danced a few steps of a real jig, to apprise them of his coming.

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson
  • He stated that he did not apprise the club of the change, and that it was not noticed.

  • I snapped my kodak as their skiff drew near us, and the first news the Captain gave them was to apprise them of that fact.

    Through Scandinavia to Moscow William Seymour Edwards
  • An Editor's stipulated work is to apprise thee that it must be done.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • One of the minor officials went off to apprise him of this strange new order.

    The Mark of the Beast Sidney Watson
  • You are then to apprise the President of the Haarlem Society.

    The Black Tulip Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • It may apprise you of the last desperate stand I have made for you.

  • Terry hastened to the quarters of the Health Officer to apprise him of the facts.

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
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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