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

Other Words from appraise

appraisee \ ə-​ˌprā-​ˈzē How to pronounce appraise (audio) \ noun
appraisement \ ə-​ˈprāz-​mənt How to pronounce appraise (audio) \ noun
appraiser noun
appraisive \ ə-​ˈprā-​ziv How to pronounce appraise (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.
Recent Examples on the Web In an interview this week, Johnson said the board would continue to appraise its successes and failures. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2022 An antique and collectibles appraiser will be on site noon to 3 p.m. to appraise heirlooms and collectibles. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 31 May 2022 Joe began looking into who could appraise the paintings on the walls, some of which depict the countryside of Groppallo, the Northern Italian village that the family patriarch Joseph Forlini emigrated from in 1938. New York Times, 10 Apr. 2022 The cull was a few years in when Mr. Povlsen arrived at Glenfeshie to appraise the place for possible purchase. New York Times, 5 May 2022 An independent third-party validator is dispatched to appraise the land, quantifying the greenhouse gas emissions saved if the peat is repaired and assessing the restoration plans. New York Times, 5 May 2022 One art history expert hired by the court to appraise the ceiling, Sapienza University’s Alessandro Zuccari, estimated that the mural alone is worth about $350 million of the house’s astronomical price. Carlie Porterfield, Forbes, 12 Dec. 2021 Some of the funniest scenes in the documentary come when jazz critics are asked to appraise Kenny G's music. John Blake, CNN, 5 Dec. 2021 And Ideal 55 will appraise your collection as well as offer consultation services on purchasing and selling bottles. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Appraise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for appraise


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

Kids Definition of appraise

: to set a value on appraise a diamond


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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