appraise, apprise
Like many near-sounding words with some relation of meaning, these are often confused. Appraise means ‘to assess the value of (something or someone)’ (e.g.

• When a man is stripped of all worldly insignia, one can appraise him for what he is truly worth —Charles Chaplin, 1964

• It was an interval at least long enough for him to appraise the situation —Antonia Fraser, 1988).

Apprise means ‘to inform, to give notice to’ and is normally constructed with a personal object followed by of (e.g.

• He was annoyed that I had not bothered to apprise him of the upsetting news sooner —P. Bailey, 1986).

It is common in passive constructions be apprised and keep someone apprised

• (In truth she did make a mistake —there is no denying it —and she was speedily apprised of it by her brother —J. Sutherland, 2000).

is spelt -ise not -ize. For its meaning, see appraise.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Apprise — Ap*prise , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Apprised}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Apprising}.] [F. appris, fem. apprise, p. p. apprendre to learn, to teach, to inform. Cf. {Apprehend}, {Apprentice}.] To give notice, verbal or written; to inform; followed by of; as, we …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apprise — I verb acquaint, advise, alert, announce, brief, communicate, convey knowledge, counsel, describe, disclose, divulge, enlighten, familiarize, give information, give notice, impart knowledge, inform, instruct, let know, make aware, make cognizant …   Law dictionary

  • apprise — ► VERB ▪ inform; tell. USAGE On the confusion of apprise and appraise, see APPRAISE(Cf. ↑appraiser). ORIGIN French, from apprendre learn, teach , from Latin apprehendere apprehend …   English terms dictionary

  • Apprise — Ap*prise , n. Notice; information. [Obs.] Gower. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apprise — (v.) to notify, 1690s, from Fr. appris, pp. of apprendre to inform, teach, lit. to lay hold of (in the mind), another metaphoric meaning of L. apprehendere (see APPREHEND (Cf. apprehend)). Related: Apprised; apprising …   Etymology dictionary

  • apprise — *inform, advise, notify, acquaint Analogous words: tell, *reveal, disclose, divulge, discover, betray: publish, proclaim, *declare, announce …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • apprise — [v] tell advise, brief, enlighten, fill in, inform, notify, tip off; concepts 57,60,75 …   New thesaurus

  • apprise — or apprize [ə prīz′] vt. apprised or apprized, apprising or apprizing [< Fr appris, pp. of apprendre, to teach, inform < L apprehendere, APPREHEND] to inform or notify SYN. NOTIFY …   English World dictionary

  • apprise — [ə prʌɪz] verb (usu. apprise someone of) inform; tell. Origin C17: from Fr. appris, apprise, past participle of apprendre learn, teach , from L. apprehendere (see apprehend). Usage On the confusion of apprise with appraise, see appraise …   English new terms dictionary

  • apprise — See appraise, apprise, apprize See apprise, apprize …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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