appraise

[uh-preyz]
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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

1400–50; late Middle English apraysen to set a value on, probably a conflation of aprisen to apprize1 and preisen to praise (with sense of prize2)
Related formsap·prais·a·ble, adjectiveap·prais·er, nounap·prais·ing·ly, adverbap·prais·ive, adjectivemis·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
Can be confusedappraise apprise
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Examples from the Web for appraiser

Contemporary Examples of appraiser

  • HollywoodLife.com posted a closeup of the gaudy diamond ring, with an appraiser estimating its value at upward of $750,000.

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    Peter Lauria

    June 1, 2010

  • There is no source for that valuation beyond Bernie, no appraiser's opinion attached.

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    Allan Dodds Frank

    March 15, 2009

Historical Examples of appraiser


British Dictionary definitions for appraiser

appraise

verb (tr)
  1. to assess the worth, value, or quality of
  2. to make a valuation of, as for taxation purposes
Derived Formsappraisable, adjectiveappraiser, nounappraisingly, adverbappraisive, adjectiveappraisively, adverb

Word Origin for appraise

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

usage

Appraise is sometimes wrongly used where apprise is meant: they had been apprised (not appraised) of my arrival
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Word Origin and History for appraiser
n.

early 15c., agent noun from appraise (v.).

appraise

v.

c.1400, "to set a value on," from stem of Old French aprisier "apraise, set a price on" (14c., Modern French apprécier), from Late Latin appretiare "value, estimate," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + pretium "price" (see price (n.)). Original English spelling apprize altered by influence of praise. Related: Appraised; appraising.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper