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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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  • Bolivar apprised his friends in Bogota that he should visit them in secret.

  • I was apprised of the proceeding, and I questioned Mr. Robinson upon the subject.

  • When we see those whom it inhabits, we are apprised of new degrees of greatness.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Then he is apprised, with wonder, what herds of daemons hem him in.

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Not even at this moment was any one apprised of the fact, at any rate in any open and public manner.

    Anabasis Xenophon
  • I think, sir, I might have been apprised of this attachment!

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • Of what this idea consisted, the reader will be apprised in due time.

    Frank Fairlegh Frank E. Smedley
British Dictionary definitions for apprised


(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 apprised



"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.

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