Meaning of appraise in English:


Pronunciation /əˈpreɪz/

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[with object]
  • 1Assess the value or quality of.

    ‘there is a need to appraise existing techniques’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Secondly, the problem of how to appraise the quality of qualitative studies remains.’
    • ‘The aim of the focus groups was to identify the needs, expectations, and problems of consumers with respect to health information on the internet, with emphasis on how consumers appraise the quality of such information.’
    • ‘Until initiatives such as dot health or high quality web searching tools become available, the onus will remain with users to search effectively and appraise the quality of the sites retrieved.’
    • ‘A systematic review is a critical assessment of existing evidence that addresses a focused clinical question, includes a comprehensive literature search, appraises the quality of studies, and reports results in a systematic manner.’
    • ‘They also take the opportunity to look to the future and appraise the family job and training needs.’
    • ‘Although admittedly difficult to achieve, we believe that an effort to appraise and enhance the quality of bronchoscopy training is necessary.’
    • ‘The bids are evaluated and schemes are appraised to see if they are achieving their targets every three months.’
    • ‘The most powerful response is that autonomy need in no way require that people be in a position to step away from all of their connections and values and to critically appraise them.’
    • ‘These included more flexibility in the time allowed to assess claims and the allocation of more time to fairly appraise complex disputes.’
    • ‘You can assess the dance routines, evaluate the vocal abilities, appraise the costumes, and carefully evaluate the lighting, staging, camera angles and video editing for each act.’
    • ‘‘We will consider the need for further work to appraise the dualling option once the Highways Agency's current work on the route management strategy has been completed,’ he said.’
    • ‘These organisations can also appraise the accessibility of their premises to assess whether they meet the new requirements for access.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, with the exception of blood tests for anemia, there are no assessments that accurately appraise your nutritional status.’
    • ‘‘Some interesting techniques,’ he appraised coolly, pulling the wrapping off and setting it aside.’
    • ‘His comments on prematurity also cast light on the way in which he appraised the Claimant's evidence and the benefit he ascribed to the proposed housing provision itself.’
    • ‘We then calculated the average absolute value of these discrepancies across all the group members who appraised that participant.’
    • ‘To appraise shape changes alone, we standardized the size of the specimens by dividing the initial coordinates of the outlines by the area.’
    assess, evaluate, estimate, judge, rate, gauge, sum up, review, consider
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    1. 1.1Assess the performance of (an employee) formally.
      ‘some companies are considering team appraisals instead of appraising individuals’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For those in posts, supervisor assessments were obtained for 46 trainees to appraise their performance three months into practice.’
      • ‘It appraises the employee's skill, usefulness and mental capacity and also evaluates the employee's mental status, psychology and most importantly their state of mind.’
      • ‘Lately, as companies work to appraise their performance on a variety of levels, status metrics in the form of executive dashboards have received a lot of attention.’
      • ‘Staff may be appraised both upon the quantity of calls made or received and conformity to the script.’
      • ‘Mock interviews were carried out by professionals and the Year 10 applicants were all appraised before the ‘job’ was given to one of them.’
      • ‘Relevant staff then need to be appraised and the extent and quality of the team's skills base assessed.’
      • ‘Managers annually appraise the employees reporting to them in one-to-one meetings.’
    2. 1.2(of an official valuer) set a price on; value.
      ‘they appraised the painting at £200,000’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They arranged for an independent valuer to appraise their ‘investment’.’
      • ‘Consultants have been promoting the sale of government businesses rather than systematically appraising the value of those assets.’
      • ‘A home is appraised after you've agreed to the purchase price.’
      • ‘Of the ones I saw, only the one that I appraised was worth more than the turn-in price.’
      • ‘As in most American taxing jurisdictions, the assessor first appraises the separate market value of land and buildings for each taxable parcel.’
      • ‘Those attempting to get loans just have to show the goods to be pawned to an officer, who would spend a little time to appraise the estimated value of the items.’
      • ‘Part of my job is to appraise used guns that people bring us for resale.’
      • ‘The film tracks the movement of the violin through time and space until we find it on the auction block in modern day Canada, where an authentication expert is appraising its value.’
      • ‘Or the company accountant can appraise the value of the shares.’
      • ‘He said the property measured about 1,300 square meters, but the government had yet to appraise the value of the land and the house.’
      • ‘Also, the ability to appraise the value of a dot-com brand name is still developing.’
      • ‘The schedule lists a number of items other than inventory, which were appraised at a value of $360.00.’
      • ‘The museum appraised the value of his weapon at more than $500,000 and his dad's at nearly $350,000.’
      • ‘The Board of Supervisors has until November 21 to decide whether to accept the offer, and has engaged a professional firm to appraise the property's value.’
      • ‘If the value of the project was appraised at less than $12.5 million dollars, then the participation fee would have been nil.’
      • ‘That's part of his plan to make a living when he retires from appraising real estate.’
      • ‘Economic tools such as cost-benefit analysis can be used to appraise transport schemes in a way which accounts for these environmental impacts, so long as environmental valuation methods can be applied successfully.’
      value, price, set a price on, estimate, quote
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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


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.