apprise

To apprise someone about something is to fill them in, to give them the scoop. If someone in your immediate family wins the mega-bucks lottery, you want to be the first one to be apprised of that event!

Don't confuse the verbs apprise and appraise. Appraise means to determine the value of something — either its quality or its monetary worth. Apprise, on the other hand, means to inform or make aware. This word has a rather formal, weighty tone. Presidents get apprised of foreign affairs, but you will most likely not get apprised of weather conditions or dinner plans.

Definitions of apprise
  1. verb
    inform (somebody) of something
    synonyms: advise, apprize, give notice, notify, send word
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    type of:
    inform
    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
  2. verb
    make aware of
    “Have the students been apprised of the tuition hike?”
    synonyms: apprize, instruct
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    direct
    give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction
    brief
    give essential information to someone
    talk down
    direct and control (the flight of an airplane during landing) via radio
    point the way
    indicate the right path or direction
    type of:
    inform
    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
  3. verb
    gain in value
    synonyms: appreciate, apprize, revalue
    appreciate, apprize
    increase the value of
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    Antonyms:
    depreciate, devaluate, devalue, undervalue
    lose in value
    depreciate
    lower the value of something
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    type of:
    increase
    become bigger or greater in amount
  4. verb
    increase the value of
    synonyms: appreciate, apprize
    appreciate, apprize, revalue
    gain in value
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    Antonyms:
    depreciate
    lower the value of something
    depreciate, devaluate, devalue, undervalue
    lose in value
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    type of:
    revalue
    value anew
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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