ap·​prise | \ ə-ˈprīz How to pronounce apprise (audio) \
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
Recent Examples on the Web Stock and Superintendent Deena Bishop apprised the board of progress made in the three weeks since the district’s massive effort to switch its 45,849 students to distance learning. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage School District faces the next distance-learning challenge: Many students aren’t logging in," 22 Apr. 2020 Senators were also not apprised of a plot to target four U.S. embassies in the region, which President Trump disclosed during an interview to air Friday evening with Fox News' Laura Ingraham. CBS News, "Iran says U.S. bears blame for Iranian forces shooting down plane," 15 Jan. 2020 A few days after the phone call, the NAS scientists wrote a letter to the White House frankly apprising them about the quality of antibody tests. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "Prominent scientists have bad news for the White House about coronavirus antibody tests," 14 Apr. 2020 In deciding the petition, the D.C. Circuit will be fully apprised of the government’s position on that, while Clinton’s very capable lawyers will make as good an argument as can be made in favor of mandamus. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Justice Department Declines to Support Blocking Hillary Clinton Deposition," 14 Apr. 2020 But to ensure the family of three — which includes their daughter, 10-year-old Brooklyn — is apprised of all the home’s goings-on, the LeBlancs have installed Control4, a high-tech, smart home system. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "This custom-built, high-tech contemporary home in Louisville's Fox Run is a modern marvel," 13 Feb. 2020 Because of Hagelin's ties to the country, Sweden had been kept apprised of the operation since its outset. Greg Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Intelligence coup of the century’: How the CIA was able to read encrypted messages of allies and adversaries for decades," 11 Feb. 2020 Although agents on the Penttbom team at headquarters were apprised of the questioning, Gonzalez and other agents working the Bayoumi file locally learned about it only after Thumairy’s repatriation. Tim Golden, ProPublica, "Operation Encore and the Saudi Connection: A Secret History of the 9/11 Investigation," 23 Jan. 2020 My main job was to pay for the food and keep senior management apprised of any issues. Eric Spitznagel, Popular Mechanics, "‘Here We Go. The Chaos Is Starting’: An Oral History of Y2K," 27 Dec. 2019

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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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“Apprise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of apprise

formal : to give information to (someone)

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