Difference between Appraise and Apprise

Key difference: The term ‘Appraise’ means to examine something in order to figure out the value and importance of it. Apprise, on the other hand, means to notify someone or to give information to someone.

The words appraise and apprise both look similar and are pronounced similarly. However, they are completely different from each other. In fact, they are not even synonymous.

The term ‘Appraise’ means to examine something in order to figure out the value and importance of it. To appraise something is to give worth and value to something. If someone is asked to appraise something, then he is asked to give their opinion regarding that thing. This opinion can be in regard to the value of the object or its condition, quality, or importance.

Apprise, on the other hand, means to notify someone or to give information to someone. Hence, if someone is apprised of a situation, it means that they have been notified of the situation, and any other relevant information. If someone asks to be apprised of something, they want to be notified of it and probably kept abreast of all the latest information regarding that matter.

Hence, a way to tell them apart is to keep in mind and “You appraise an object or event and apprise someone of that object or event.”

Comparison between Appraise and Apprise:

 

Appraise

Apprise

Description

Appraise mean to examine something and to figure out the value and importance of it.

Apprise is to notify someone or to give information to someone regarding an event.

Definition (Merriam-Webster)

To say how much something is worth after you have carefully examined it : to give an official opinion about the value of (something)

 

To give your opinion about the condition, quality, or importance of (something or someone that you have studied or examined)

To give information to (someone)

Etymology

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.

From French appris, apprise, past participle of apprendre, from Latin apprehendere, present active infinitive of apprehendō. Cognate to apprehend.

Type

Verb

Verb

Examples

  • The ring must be appraised by a jeweler before it can be insured.
  • Did he appraise the new project?
  • What is the appraised value of the property?
  • Someone must apprise him of the situation.
  • The President has been apprised of the meeting.
  • We then apprise them of their obligations legally, morally and ethically.

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