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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
The verb to appraise
means to assess
or to evaluate
Here are some examples with appraise
- We inspect and appraise pre-owned vehicles.
(We assess/evaluate pre-owned vehicles.)
- Managers appraise their subordinates against objectives set in their terms of reference.
(Managers assess/evaluate their subordinates.)
The verb to apprise
means to inform
or to notify
Here are some examples with apprise
- Please apprise the patient of the outcome of yesterday's meeting.
(Please inform/notify/tell the patient.)
- Managers appraise their subordinates of objectives in the terms of reference.
(This should be apprise their subordinates of objectives, i.e., notify them.)
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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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