appraise

verb
ap·​praise | \ ə-ˈprāz How to pronounce appraise (audio) \
appraised; appraising

Definition of appraise

transitive verb

1 : to set a value on : to estimate the amount of appraise the damage
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

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Other Words from appraise

appraisee \ ə-​ˌprā-​ˈzē How to pronounce appraisee (audio) \ noun
appraisement \ -​ˈprāz-​mənt How to pronounce appraisement (audio) \ noun
appraiser noun
appraisingly \ -​ˈprā-​ziŋ-​lē How to pronounce appraisingly (audio) \ adverb
appraisive \ -​ˈprā-​ziv How to pronounce appraisive (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of appraise in a Sentence

The ring must be appraised by a jeweler before it can be insured. appraise the house and property What is the property's appraised value? In the book, he appraises Hollywood's recent films and contrasts them with several independent films.
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Von Ancken appraised Lawrence Towers, a Trump building in Brooklyn with spacious balcony apartments, at $24.54 per square foot. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 For the next three days, highlights of the Western canon will be displayed, appraised, and haggled over at the Antiquarian Booksellers Association Rare Book Fair London. Fortune, "A Look Into the Dwindling World of Rare Books," 24 May 2018 The painting has not yet been officially appraised, but Mr. Warren said theater executives who researched the find have valued it at a minimum of $4 million. Laura M. Holson, New York Times, "A Lost Painting Is Rediscovered. Have You Checked Your Closets Lately?," 5 Apr. 2018 There is also greater awareness among regulators of the unreliability of complex models to appraise bank safety and soundness. Emily Stewart, Vox, "How close are we to another financial crisis? 8 experts weigh in.," 18 Sep. 2018 Now, it's expected to cost $369,000 to raise Bisel's home, which was last appraised at $479,000. Houston Chronicle, "Houston officials question Meyerland home elevation delays and costs," 10 Jan. 2018 Only recently have many in this country begun to appraise the extent of the tribalism at home. Laila Lalami, New York Times, "Does American ‘Tribalism’ End in a Compromise, or a Fight?," 26 June 2018 Bacall purchased the apartment for $48,000 in 1961, and it was recently appraised for $9 million, according to the New York Post. Colleen Egan, ELLE Decor, "Lauren Bacall's Apartment in Iconic New York Building to Hit the Market," 26 Aug. 2014 These included integrating clinical inquiry in the nursing culture as well as delineating tactics for appraising evidence. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "INSPIRE symposium offers RN insight, engagement," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of appraise

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for appraise

Middle English appraysen, probably from Anglo-French *appreiser, from a- (from Latin ad-) + preiser to prize, praise

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appraiser

noun

Financial Definition of appraiser

What It Is

An appraiser is a person capable of providing an appraisal.

How It Works

An appraisal is a document that formally describes the value of a piece of property, usually exceeding $5,000. For example, let’s imagine that John Doe wants to donate a painting to his favorite charity. He believes the painting is worth $20,000. Instead of simply putting a $20,000 deduction on his tax return for the year, John Doe hires an appraiser to determine how much the painting is worth. A qualified appraiser provides an independent estimate, putting the value of the painting at $22,000. John Doe files IRS Form 8283 with his tax return and deducts $22,000.

Although almost anybody can estimate the value of goods or services, the IRS has very strict guidelines about who can be a "qualified appraiser." Among other things, the appraiser must have a professional appraiser designation from a national appraiser organization, perform appraisals regularly, meet certain education requirements and meet other guidelines as the IRS deems necessary. In many cases, a qualified appraiser can’t be the donor, the donee, anyone party to the acquisition of the property, or an employee or relative of anyone involved.

Appraisers charge a fee for appraisals, though for qualified appraisers, the fee cannot be based on or a percentage of the value of the property appraised. The cost of the appraisal itself is also not deductable as a charitable contribution, though it might be deductible elsewhere depending on the donor’s tax situation. Sometimes charities pay the appraisal fee, but some types of charities are restricted from doing so.

Why It Matters

For many securities, the market is a natural appraiser—it dictates the value of securities on an almost instantaneous basis throughout the day. But for less liquid things, such as houses, old cars, pieces of art, or ownership positions in private companies, it’s harder to decide what those things are worth. And in many cases, the value of an asset determines the price of a transaction or the size of a tax bill.

Accordingly, misleading asset pricing can also be a way to engage in tax fraud or lopsided deals. That’s why the IRS requires people who want to deduct certain large charitable donations to obtain qualified appraisals for those items. The IRS can impose penalties of 40% for a gross misstatement of a donation (and even a 20% penalty for just a “substantial” misstatement), and it can also penalize the appraisers involved in the misstatement.

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appraise

verb

English Language Learners 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)

appraise

verb
ap·​praise | \ ə-ˈprāz How to pronounce appraise (audio) \
appraised; appraising

Kids Definition of appraise

: to set a value on appraise a diamond

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appraise

transitive verb
ap·​praise | \ ə-ˈprāz How to pronounce appraise (audio) \
appraised; appraising

Legal Definition of appraise

: to estimate the value of : make an appraisal of

Other Words from appraise

appraiser noun

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