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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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  • After much consideration it was decided that a note should be written to Ayala apprising her of her aunt's coming.

    Ayala's Angel Anthony Trollope
  • A dispatch was immediately sent to the Governor, at Albany, apprising him of these facts.

    City Crimes Greenhorn
  • If I have a houseboat I cannot move it without first apprising the river commissioners and having their consent to do so.

    Beggars W. H. (William Henry) Davies
  • I began writing a telegram to my wife, apprising her of our good luck.

    Aladdin & Co. Herbert Quick
  • I left him, and apprising our friends of the affair, inquired where I could find Ernest.

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

    Henry of Monmouth, Volume 1 J. Endell Tyler
  • The next day, on apprising Lincoln of my determination, he questioned its propriety.

  • I wish you had at least paid them the compliment of apprising them of our marriage.'

    The Infernal Marriage Benjamin Disraeli
  • The first thing done was to send a telegram to Mr. Ford, apprising him that his son was found.

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

    Average Jones Samuel Hopkins Adams
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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