Verb appraise Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(transitive) To set a value or worth of something, particularly by people appointed for the purpose (transitive) To consider comprehensively (transitive) To judge the performance of someone, especially a worker To estimate; to conjecture. To praise; to commend.

More definition: estimate the monetary value of; determine the worth of; assess, We had an expert appraise the house before we bought it. estimate the nature, quality, importance, etc., He tried to appraise the poetry of John Updike.

1. to assess the worth, value, or quality of

2. to make a valuation of, as for taxation purposes Derived Formsappraisable, adjectiveappraiser, nounappraisingly, adverbappraisive, adjectiveappraisively, adverb Usage noteAppraise is sometimes wrongly used where apprise is meant, they had been apprised (not appraised) of my arrival Word OriginC15, from Old French aprisier, from prisier to prize²Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.


The woman relaxed somewhat and lifted her face to appraise Jackson.

Such bodies, established to appraise land for railway purposes, to apportion receipts and expenditures of interstate traffic, and in a general way to supervise railway transportation, had been in existence in New England before 1860, one of the earliest being that of Rhode Island in 1839.

Taxare, to appraise, which again is connected with the same root as tangere, to touch), that part of the revenue of a state which is obtained by compulsory dues and charges upon its subjects.

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