appraise

verb

ap·​praise ə-ˈprāz How to pronounce appraise (audio)
appraised; appraising

transitive verb

1
: to set a value on : to estimate the amount of
appraise the damage
2
: to evaluate the worth, significance, or status of
especially : to give an expert judgment of the value or merit of
appraise an actor's career
appraisee noun
appraisement noun
appraiser noun
appraisive adjective
Choose the Right Synonym for appraise

estimate, appraise, evaluate, value, rate, assess mean to judge something with respect to its worth or significance.

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

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

evaluate suggests an attempt to determine relative or intrinsic worth in terms other than monetary.

evaluate a student's work

value equals appraise but without implying expertness of judgment.

a watercolor valued by the donor at $500

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

a highly rated restaurant

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

Example Sentences

The ring must be appraised by a jeweler before it can be insured. appraise the house and property What is the property's appraised value? In the book, he appraises Hollywood's recent films and contrasts them with several independent films.
Recent Examples on the Web Similarly, condominium boards may, but are not required, to retain an appraiser to appraise the building to know whether purchase offers received are market price. Howard Dakoff, Chicago Tribune, 18 Sep. 2022 Imagine talking bourbon with people, and then going to their houses to appraise their whiskey collections. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, 13 Sep. 2022 Homes in Black neighborhoods historically also appraise for less. Gayle Fleming, CNN, 29 Aug. 2022 Once those are clearly defined, leaders can honestly and accurately appraise their own behavior. Sherrie Haynie, Forbes, 6 July 2022 In an interview this week, Johnson said the board would continue to appraise its successes and failures. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2022 An antique and collectibles appraiser will be on site noon to 3 p.m. to appraise heirlooms and collectibles. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 31 May 2022 Joe began looking into who could appraise the paintings on the walls, some of which depict the countryside of Groppallo, the Northern Italian village that the family patriarch Joseph Forlini emigrated from in 1938. New York Times, 10 Apr. 2022 The cull was a few years in when Mr. Povlsen arrived at Glenfeshie to appraise the place for possible purchase. New York Times, 5 May 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English appraysen, probably from Anglo-French *appreiser, from a- (from Latin ad-) + preiser to prize, praise

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of appraise was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Appraise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appraise. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

appraise

verb

ap·​praise ə-ˈprāz How to pronounce appraise (audio)
appraised; appraising
1
: to set a value on
2
: to judge how good someone or something is
appraisement noun
appraiser noun

Legal Definition

appraise

transitive verb

ap·​praise ə-ˈprāz How to pronounce appraise (audio)
appraised; appraising
: to estimate the value of : make an appraisal of
appraiser noun

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