Posted by: Jack Henry | November 8, 2018

Editor’s Corner: Appraise or Apprise

Apprise means, “give notice to” or “tell.” It usually implies communicating something of special interest or importance, as in the following examples:

  • They apprised him of his rights.
  • Keep us apprised of the situation.

Appraise means, “set a value on” or “estimate the amount of.” It often refers to judging the monetary worth of a thing (as in the first example below), but it may be used of any critical judgment (as in the second example).

  • They are having their house appraised.
  • The critics appraised the actor’s career.

Some people mistakenly say appraise when they mean apprise. To avoid this mistake, remember that appraise sounds like (and is etymologically related to) the word praise. After you appraise something, you might praise it.

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