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How does the verb appraise differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of appraise are assess, estimate, evaluate, rate, and value. While all these words mean "to judge something with respect to its worth or significance," 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

When could assess be used to replace appraise?

The words assess and appraise can be used in similar contexts, but 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

When can estimate be used instead of appraise?

The meanings of estimate and appraise largely overlap; however, 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

When might evaluate be a better fit than appraise?

Although the words evaluate and appraise have much in common, evaluate suggests an attempt to determine relative or intrinsic worth in terms other than monetary.

evaluate a student's work

How are the words rate and estimate related as synonyms of appraise?

Rate adds to estimate the notion of placing a thing according to a scale of values.

a highly rated restaurant

How do value and appraise relate to one another?

Value equals appraise but without implying expertness of judgment.

a watercolor valued by the donor at $500

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Cite this Entry

“Appraise.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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