to give notice to; inform; advise (often followed by of):
to be apprised of the death of an old friend.
Contemporary Examples

The magistrate asked the wife if she had apprised the authorities of the required medications.
Terry Lee Loewen, the Mellow Kansas Man Who Dreamed of Jihad Michael Daly December 15, 2013

McKeon sought to make her part of the process by ensuring that she was apprised in detail of every development as it happened.
Bronx Judge Helps Dominique Strauss-Kahn Maid Nafissatou Diallo Find Justice Michael Daly December 10, 2012

apprised of the commercial success of his lost literary work, Thiessen laughs.
The Lost Bush Memoir Bryan Curtis August 7, 2010

Historical Examples

When he got on board, Captain Suckling was not in the ship, nor had any person been apprised of the boy’s coming.
The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson Robert Southey

He at once apprised Gaston of the determination of the countess.
Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie

I apprised him of my intention and instructed him to lock the room in which the document was guarded.
The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy

She had been apprised by letter of their success and of their coming.
Blow The Man Down Holman Day

Bet was a strong lass, who, when apprised of her danger, could fight her own battles.
A Girl of the People L. T. Meade

Lewis was apprised of the design, and took a warm interest in it.
The History of England from the Accession of James II. Thomas Babington Macaulay

The instant he felt it, he started; but my low “s-h” apprised him of danger, and he again resumed his old position.
The Young Trail Hunters Samuel Woodworth Cozzens

(transitive) often foll by of. to make aware; inform

“to notify,” 1690s, from French appris, past participle of apprendre “to inform, teach,” literally “to lay hold of (in the mind),” another metaphoric meaning of Latin apprehendere (see apprehend). Related: Apprised; apprising.


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