ap·​prise | \ə-ˈprīz \
apprised; apprising

Definition of apprise 

transitive verb

: to give notice to : tell They apprised him of his rights.

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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

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And according to an exclusive story in the Mirror, the players - who were only apprised of the decision shortly before the official statement was released - were blown away by the news as well., "The Inside Story: Why Wenger Retired & What Happened in the Moments Leading Up to His Announcement," 20 Apr. 2018 Owners Ken Hassett and David McFarlane posted a farewell message on social media, promising to keep fans apprised of their next endeavor. Kara Baskin,, "$3 empanadas in Union Square and a new roof deck opens in Salem," 21 June 2018 Caplinger also is quite close to Bud Selig, going back to the days when Selig ran the Brewers and Caplinger was the head athletic trainer, keeping him apprised of the health of players. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers medical director finds 'awesome' support in battle with pancreatic cancer," 1 June 2018 While driving along, the main screen keeps drivers apprised of fuel economy, miles to empty, time, and other information. Scott Sturgis,, "Can a lesser Giulia match the Quadrifoglio?," 22 Apr. 2018 The fallout from the Porter resignation also cast a spotlight on White House counsel Don McGahn, who was apprised of at least some of the accusations about the staff secretary at least four times, including as early as January 2017. Jonathan Lemire, The Seattle Times, "His West Wing rattled, Trump casts doubt on aide’s exit," 10 Feb. 2018 Pugh’s initial appearance in U.S. District Court in downtown Baltimore will provide the first opportunity for him to be apprised formally of the charges against him. Kevin Rector,, "De Sousa's initial federal court appearance on tax charges set for Monday," 16 May 2018 Her children, now adults, are being kept apprised of the search - which includes special agents from the FBI - by New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald’s officfe. John R. Ellement,, "Authorities search in wooded area in Manchester, N.H. for woman who vanished in 1980," 15 May 2018 But when Yormark was negotiating with Nike, Barkley guided the strategy and asked to be kept apprised throughout—while simultaneously balancing an offer from Adidas that would have netted him significantly more money. Ben Baskin,, "Face of the NFL? Saquon Barkley Has a Plan," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of apprise

circa 1680, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for apprise

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

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The first known use of apprise was circa 1680

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English Language Learners Definition of apprise

: to give information to (someone)

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