appraising

adjective

ap·​prais·​ing ə-ˈprā-ziŋ How to pronounce appraising (audio)
: making or expressing a critical judgment or evaluation
an appraising eye
Her appraising eyes measured him.Robert Cormier
"He's a good boy," she said, casting a sternly appraising look down her rather bony nose at Neville, "but he hasn't got his father's talent, I'm afraid to say."J. K. Rowling
appraisingly adverb
For some minutes he had been eyeing his lordship appraisingly P. G. Wodehouse

Examples of appraising in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those serenely appraising eyes refuse to be traduced by any fiction. Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of appraising was in 1899

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“Appraising.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appraising. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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