verb ap·praise \ə-ˈprāz\

: to say how much something is worth after you have carefully examined it : to give an official opinion about the value of (something)

: to give your opinion about the condition, quality, or importance of (something or someone that you have studied or examined)


Full Definition of APPRAISE

transitive verb
:  to set a value on :  estimate the amount of <appraise the damage>
:  to evaluate the worth, significance, or status of; especially :  to give an expert judgment of the value or merit of <appraise an actor's career>
ap·prais·ee \ə-ˌprā-ˈzē\ noun
ap·praise·ment \-ˈprāz-mənt\ noun
ap·prais·er noun
ap·prais·ing·ly \-ˈprā-ziŋ-lē\ adverb
ap·prais·ive \-ˈprā-ziv\ adjective

Examples of APPRAISE

  1. The ring must be appraised by a jeweler before it can be insured.
  2. appraise the house and property
  3. What is the property's appraised value?
  4. In the book, he appraises Hollywood's recent films and contrasts them with several independent films.

Origin of APPRAISE

Middle English appraysen, probably from Anglo-French *appreiser, from a- (from Latin ad-) + preiser to prize, praise
First Known Use: 15th century


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