[ uh-preyz ]
See synonyms for: appraiseappraisedappraisesappraising on

verb (used with object),ap·praised, ap·prais·ing.
  1. to estimate the monetary value of; determine the worth of; assess: We had an expert appraise the house before we bought it.

  2. to estimate the nature, quality, importance, etc.: He tried to appraise the poetry of John Updike.

Origin of appraise

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English apraysen “to set a value on”; probably equivalent to a conflation of apprize1 and praise (with the sense of prize2)

Other words from appraise

  • ap·prais·a·ble, adjective
  • ap·prais·er, noun
  • ap·prais·ing·ly, adverb
  • ap·prais·ive, adjective
  • mis·ap·praise, verb (used with object), mis·ap·praised, mis·ap·prais·ing.
  • o·ver·ap·praise, verb (used with object), o·ver·ap·praised, o·ver·ap·prais·ing.
  • re·ap·praise, verb (used with object), re·ap·praised, re·ap·prais·ing.
  • un·ap·praised, adjective

Words that may be confused with appraise Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use appraise in a sentence

  • He then began coughing very much, and she estimated his life with an appraiser's eye as he sank back ghastly pale.

    Jude the Obscure | Thomas Hardy
  • For, feeling my eyes upon her, she looked up and met what she must have thought the impudent stare of an appraiser.

    To Have and To Hold | Mary Johnston
  • There will be no need for the most querulous appraiser to find fault with Mr. Holliday on the score of over-eulogy.

    Pipefuls | Christopher Morley

British Dictionary definitions for appraise


/ (əˈpreɪz) /

  1. to assess the worth, value, or quality of

  2. to make a valuation of, as for taxation purposes

Origin of appraise

C15: from Old French aprisier, from prisier to prize ²

usage For appraise

Appraise is sometimes wrongly used where apprise is meant: they had been apprised (not appraised) of my arrival

Derived forms of appraise

  • appraisable, adjective
  • appraiser, noun
  • appraisingly, adverb
  • appraisive, adjective
  • appraisively, adverb

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