American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To evaluate, especially in an official capacity.
- v. To estimate the quality, amount, size, and other features of; judge. See Synonyms at estimate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- . To value; prize.
- To value in current money; officially set a price upon; estimate the value of: used especially of the action of a person or persons appointed for the purpose, under direction of law or by agreement of persons interested: as, to appraise the goods and estate of a deceased person, or goods taken under a distress for rent.
- To estimate generally, in regard to quality, service, size, weight, etc.
- v. proscribed To apprise, inform.
- v. To set a value; to estimate the worth of, particularly by persons appointed for the purpose; as, to appraise goods and chattels.
- v. To estimate; to conjecture.
- v. To praise; to commend.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To set a value; to estimate the worth of, particularly by persons appointed for the purpose.
- v. To estimate; to conjecture.
- v. obsolete To praise; to commend.
- v. evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of
- v. consider in a comprehensive way
- From Old French aprisier ("apraise, set a price on") (French apprécier), from Late Latin appretiare, from ad- + pretium ("price, value") (English precious), from which also appreciate. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English appreisen, possibly from Old French aprisier, from Late Latin appretiāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin pretium, price; see per-5 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Park at the curb (by the owls) to "appraise" him of the suspected rodent murder at the school grounds.”
“Hecker had quietly stashed in North Dakota allegedly so jeweler friends could "appraise" them.”
“Most "well-managed" organizations have collected the information they need to appraise the 2010 performance of their employees and either have given -- or are about to give -- the results to them.”
“At Christie's since 1998, Giovanna Bertazzoni has a relentless schedule, flying in and out of the British capital regularly to meet with private collectors to appraise their works.”
“The conception that its business is to appraise, to judge in the legal and moral sense, arrests the perception of those who are influenced by the criticism that assumes this task.”
“If your job were to appraise toxic debt could you in all honesty exclude the factors noted above, that interfere with price discovery?”
“The final item on our agenda, the raison d'être I'd invited Mr. Keno over in the first place, was to examine the table by the front door, the one that resembled the piece of furniture I'd seen him appraise on "Roadshow," and which also came from my grandmother.”
“Administrators at small colleges and large universities across the state huddled in tense meetings this week to discuss worst-case contingency plans and appraise their financial status after the market meltdown.”
“Tomalak seemed to appraise him, and then he peered over at Torath.”
“Of course, the officers are supposed to just magically appraise themselves of all the relevant facts — after all, they are detailed in the briefs!”
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