[ uh-preyz ]
/ əˈpreɪz /

verb (used with object), ap·praised, ap·prais·ing.

to estimate the monetary value of; determine the worth of; assess: We had an expert appraise the house before we bought it.
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)



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Examples from the Web for appraisive

  • So much the president was able to note in the appraisive glance—and to remember afterward.

    The Price|Francis Lynde
  • She had risen to meet him by the time he had mounted the steps, and he knew that her first glance was appraisive.

    The Price|Francis Lynde
  • Jeffard blew a cloud of smoke toward the ceiling, and took in the outward presentment of the pioneer in an appraisive eye-sweep.

    The Helpers|Francis Lynde

British Dictionary definitions for appraisive

/ (əˈpreɪz) /

verb (tr)

to assess the worth, value, or quality of
to make a valuation of, as for taxation purposes

Derived forms of appraise

Word Origin for 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
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