When you buy a house someone will need to appraise its value before you can get a mortgage. To appraise something is to figure out its worth in the marketplace, on the field, or in the world of ideas.

To appraise the value of a friendship is difficult, but to appraise the value of your grandfather’s pocket watch — just go to the pawn shop. The verb appraise comes from the Late Latin word appretiare, which means “value” or “estimate.” You can appraise your chances of marrying royalty, which are probably slim. You can also appraise the value of a quarterback on your fantasy football team by looking at the statistics for his completed passes.

Definitions of appraise
  1. verb
    consider in a comprehensive way
    “He appraised the situation carefully before acting”
    synonyms: survey
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    analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, delve, examine, parse, study
    consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
  2. verb
    evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of
    “I will have the family jewels appraised by a professional”
    synonyms: assess, evaluate, measure, valuate, value
    estimate the value of (property) for taxation
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    grade, mark, score
    assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation
    rate, value
    estimate the value of
    standardise, standardize
    evaluate by comparing with a standard
    reassess, reevaluate
    revise or renew one's assessment
    subject to political, religious, or moral censorship
    express approval of
    blue-pencil, delete, edit
    cut or eliminate
    value anew
    praise or celebrate in song
    express commendation of
    express approval of
    exalt, extol, glorify, laud, proclaim
    praise, glorify, or honor
    blandish, flatter
    praise somewhat dishonestly
    eulogise, eulogize
    praise formally and eloquently
    compliment, congratulate
    say something to someone that expresses praise
    gush, rave
    praise enthusiastically
    express approval of
    commend, recommend
    express a good opinion of
    advertise, advertize, promote, push
    make publicity for; try to sell (a product)
    puff, puff up
    praise extravagantly
    praise in a sonnet
    type of:
    evaluate, judge, pass judgment
    form a critical opinion of
Commonly confused words

appraise / apprise

To appraise is to estimate the value of something, but remove the second "a," and you have apprise, which means "to tell." If you hire someone to appraise your house, you might have to apprise your family of the fact that you now owe the bank more than your house is worth.

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