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 apprising

inform, advise, notify, brief, enlighten

Examples from the Web for apprising

Historical Examples of apprising

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

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

    The Infernal Marriage

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • A dispatch was immediately sent to the Governor, at Albany, apprising him of these facts.

    City Crimes


  • I began writing a telegram to my wife, apprising her of our good luck.

    Aladdin &amp; Co.

    Herbert Quick

  • "You know your men; do as you please about apprising them of their errand," said Sir Charles.

British Dictionary definitions for apprising




(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 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