ap·​prise ə-ˈprīz How to pronounce apprise (audio)
apprised; apprising

transitive verb

: to give notice to : tell
They apprised him of his rights.
Choose the Right Synonym for apprise

inform, acquaint, apprise, notify mean to make one aware of something.

inform implies the imparting of knowledge especially of facts or occurrences.

informed us of the crisis

acquaint lays stress on introducing to or familiarizing with.

acquaint yourself with the keyboard

apprise implies communicating something of special interest or importance.

keep us apprised of the situation

notify implies sending notice of something requiring attention or demanding action.

notified the witness when to appear

Examples of apprise in a Sentence

let me apprise you of the current situation
Recent Examples on the Web Other senior Vatican officials who signed off on the London deal were never indicted, and the pope had been previously apprised of the transaction. Stefano Pitrelli, Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2023 The City Council was continually apprised of all aspects of the settlement negotiations. Joe Rubin, Sacramento Bee, 25 Mar. 2024 But the viewer has been apprised in the first ten minutes that these deaths are linked to oil and Hale. Hazlitt, 7 Feb. 2024 How many of Tesla’s 128,000 employees work for its solar business is anyone’s guess, since the company publishes only a quarterly deployment figure to keep investors apprised of its progress. Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 20 Nov. 2023 Her sister had kept her apprised of everyone’s stances. Danielle Paquette, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 Board members complained at public meetings in December and January that they had not been kept apprised of the contract failures. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Feb. 2024 Parks and Rec plans to keep the community apprised of its timeline for rebuilding the playground. Angela Palermo, Idaho Statesman, 6 Feb. 2024 But Molitor, now 67, was well aware of what Winfield was doing, and Steve Winfield, who umpired and also refereed basketball games in St. Paul, kept his brother apprised on the kid who eventually became the city’s second hall of famer. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, 24 Jan. 2024

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Word History


French appris, past participle of apprendre to learn, teach, from Old French aprendre

First Known Use

circa 1680, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of apprise was circa 1680

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“Apprise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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ap·​prise ə-ˈprīz How to pronounce apprise (audio)
apprised; apprising
: to give notice to : inform
apprised him of his rights

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