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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 apprising
Historical Examples
  • Northumberland lost no time in apprising the Duke of the success of his enterprise.

    Henry of Monmouth, Volume 1 J. Endell Tyler
  • I wish you had at least paid them the compliment of apprising them of our marriage.'

    The Infernal Marriage Benjamin Disraeli
  • A dispatch was immediately sent to the Governor, at Albany, apprising him of these facts.

    City Crimes Greenhorn
  • I began writing a telegram to my wife, apprising her of our good luck.

    Aladdin & Co. Herbert Quick
  • "You know your men; do as you please about apprising them of their errand," said Sir Charles.

    Second Book of Tales

    Eugene Field
  • The man looked slowly about him as if apprising potential returns.

    Average Jones Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • A black-edged letter, apprising me that I am marked and doomed.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • Lose not a moment in hastening my happiness by apprising me of its birth.

  • She even spoke of going to see the President and apprising him of her views.

    The Unspeakable Perk Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • The next day, on apprising Lincoln of my determination, he questioned its propriety.

British Dictionary definitions for apprising


(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 apprising



"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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