Definition of appraise in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈpreɪz/


[with object]
1Assess the value or quality of: there is a need to appraise existing techniques (as adjective appraising) she cast an appraising eye over the notes
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  • But to my way of thinking, meta-analysis provides a more important secondary benefit of critically appraising the quality of the data entered into its review.
  • It should appraise the quality of the evidence and decide whether that justifies the conclusion reached eg, whether it justifies a conclusion that the applicant obtained permission to entry by fraud or deceit.
  • When is the right time to appraise the quality of the suggestions made by respondents?
assess, evaluate, estimate, judge, rate, gauge, sum up, review, consider
informal size up
1.1Assess the performance of (an employee) formally: some companies are considering team appraisals instead of appraising individuals
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  • Although it has been widely assumed that general practice tutors will appraise general practitioners, no official statement has been made to this effect.
  • It insisted that appraisal of senior hospital doctors should be undertaken only by doctors who were appropriately trained and came from similar backgrounds to the doctors being appraised.
  • I wasn't a manager and was unlikely to have to formally appraise colleagues and the time management workshop seemed a waste of time.
1.2(Of an official valuer) set a price on; value: they appraised the painting at £200,000
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  • We have no law that states people can buy a house only after it has been appraised by a valuer, and that people are not allowed to throw their money away on a farm that will not produce.
  • An official agency has appraised the top value at $20,000 per square foot, although this may be puffed up.
  • Banks engaged registered valuers to appraise a property before they lent on it, and while the buyers paid for that valuer, the banks usually did not allow the buyers to see it.
value, price, set a price on, estimate, quote;


The verb appraise is frequently confused with apprise. Appraise means ‘assess (someone or something)’, as in a need to appraise existing techniques, or ‘value’, as in have the gold watch appraised by an expert, while apprise means ‘inform (someone)’ and is often used in the structure apprise someone of something, as in psychiatrists were apprised of his condition. People often incorrectly use appraise rather than apprise, as in once appraised of the real facts, there was only one person who showed any opposition.



Pronunciation: /əˈpreɪzəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • This is why our various ways of responding to other people's sufferings are morally appraisable.
  • Lately I found nothing appraisable in the newspapers, there seems to be no progress.
  • Apart from all of this, the important point is making it clear that maintaining a species just to use it in a show which relies on its suffering is neither an appraisable nor a noble act.


Pronunciation: /əpreɪˈziː/
Example sentences
  • All doctors should have access to confidential formative assessment so they are informed about their performance; appraisee led appraisal with mentor based support; and assessment process to diagnose performance difficulties.
  • The second is a summative assessment every five years, aggregating the appraisals, which is reviewed by two doctors from the appraisee's field and a lay person; collectively they determine whether to recommend revalidation.
  • Appraisers were not trained to, nor was it intended that they would, form any judgment about the appraisee.


Pronunciation: /əˈpreɪzmənt/
Example sentences
  • On the basis of swimmer-observation by the coach and reliable psychological appraisement, the possibility of burnout/overtraining should be assessed early, and appropriate preventive actions taken.
  • Part of this method of appraisement may include analysis by the party being assessed - namely students, whether they are traditional or nontraditional, or pharmacy practitioners.
  • Isis looked over at her brother, who was looking at her with a mixture of appraisement and childish conceit.


Pronunciation: /əˈpreɪzə/
Example sentences
  • I was with a collector and his support group of experts and appraisers last year.
  • In addition to job performance, appraisers are expected to evaluate employees' personal qualities such as sincerity, loyalty, and attitude towards their work, which are difficult to measure.
  • Business appraisers may find cluster analysis useful for purposes of applying market approaches to the determination of business enterprise value.


Example sentences
  • The president looked at him appraisingly, several people in the room recall.
  • Papa loved to tell the story of the way he'd circled the piece appraisingly while the salesman talked.
  • Jesse cocked a eyebrow and looked at him appraisingly.


Example sentences
  • He asks the crucial question, ‘What can be done to make education more critical, more creative, more caring, and more appraisive of its own procedures?’
  • The appraisive audience must have some knowledge of it, as well.
  • It's argued that agents' co-authorship of this order is a further source of self-respect; this is not the same as (appraisive) respect for their achievements or contributions, but respect for their personal autonomy as expressed dynamically through the media of social interaction.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'set a price on'): alteration of apprize, by association with praise. The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.

  • price from Middle English:

    The medieval word pris, which was from Old French, meant not only ‘price’ but also ‘prize’ and ‘praise’. Over time these three meanings split into three different words. Pris became price, and the meaning ‘praise’ started to be spelled preise and then praise. Originally simply an alternative way of spelling price, prize too became a separate word. The Latin original of the French was pretiem ‘price’ which also lies behind appreciate (mid 18th century), and the related appraise (mid 16th century) and apprize (mid 16th century), all with the basic sense of ‘set a price to’; depreciate (mid 17th century); and precious (Middle English).

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