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

v consider in a comprehensive way

“He appraised the situation carefully before acting”
Type of:
analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, examine, study
consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning

v evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of

“I will have the family jewels appraised by a professional”
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
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evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of

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