- 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
- to assess the worth, value, or quality of
- to make a valuation of, as for taxation purposes
Word Origin for appraise
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.