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 The lawsuit was dropped after the hotel's lawyer struggled to serve Johnson with the complaint and failed to apprise the court of his efforts to do so. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2021 But many students and their parents say that UCSD didn’t apprise them in a clear, timely way that enrollment growth and the pandemic were going to lead to a big housing shortage during a year in which enrollment is expected to set a record. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 July 2021 Karen Crouse, a New York Times sports reporter who’s partnering with swimming legend Michael Phelps on a book, has been suspended from the newspaper for having failed to apprise her editors of the situation. Washington Post, 16 July 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 13 Feb. 2020

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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 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of apprise

: to give information to (someone) : inform

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