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verb ap·praise \ə-ˈprāz\

Simple Definition of appraise

  • : 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


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to set a value on :  estimate the amount of <appraise the damage>

  3. 2 :  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·eeplay \ə-ˌprā-ˈzē\ noun
ap·praise·ment play \-ˈprāz-mənt\ noun
ap·prais·er noun
ap·prais·ing·lyplay \-ˈprā-ziŋ-lē\ adverb
ap·prais·ive play \-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

Synonym Discussion of appraise

estimate, appraise, evaluate, value, rate, assess mean to judge something with respect to its worth or significance. estimate implies a judgment, considered or casual, that precedes or takes the place of actual measuring or counting or testing out <estimated the crowd at two hundred>. appraise commonly implies the fixing by an expert of the monetary worth of a thing, but it may be used of any critical judgment <having their house appraised>. evaluate suggests an attempt to determine relative or intrinsic worth in terms other than monetary <evaluate a student's work>. value equals appraise but without implying expertness of judgment <a watercolor valued by the donor at $500>. rate adds to estimate the notion of placing a thing according to a scale of values <a highly rated restaurant>. assess implies a critical appraisal for the purpose of understanding or interpreting, or as a guide in taking action <officials are trying to assess the damage>.

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