Appraise or Apprise?

What is the difference between appraise and apprise?

To appraise means to assess.
To apprise means to inform.

Appraise or Apprise?

People will often use the verb to appraise when they mean to apprise. (This rarely happens the other way around, i.e., using apprise instead of appraise.)

This mistake occurs because some writers are unaware that to apprise even exists.


The verb to appraise means to assess or to evaluate.

Here are some examples with appraise:


The verb to apprise means to inform or to notify.

Here are some examples with apprise:

A Quick Test

Apprise Is Common in Business Writing

  • Writers often confuse appraise and apprise because they are unaware that the the verb to apprise even exists. Well, it does. In fact, in business writing, it's marginally more common than to appraise.

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    What are verbs? List of easily confused words