or ap·prize


verb (used with object), ap·prised, ap·pris·ing.

to give notice to; inform; advise (often followed by of): to be apprised of the death of an old friend.

Origin of apprise

1685–95; < French appris taught, informed, past participle of apprendre; see apprehend
Can be confusedappraise apprise



verb (used with object), ap·prised, ap·pris·ing. Obsolete. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for apprise

inform, advise, notify, brief, enlighten

Examples from the Web for apprise

Historical Examples of apprise

  • He smiled with gentle irony when I told him of what I had heard, and how I had hastened to apprise him of it.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • You are then to apprise the President of the Haarlem Society.

    The Black Tulip

    Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

  • Terry hastened to the quarters of the Health Officer to apprise him of the facts.


    Charles Goff Thomson

  • Count Larinski forgot to apprise us that he was already married.

  • He stated that he did not apprise the club of the change, and that it was not noticed.

British Dictionary definitions for apprise




(tr often foll by of) to make aware; inform

Word Origin for apprise

C17: from French appris, from apprendre to teach; learn; see apprehend


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Word Origin and History for apprise

"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