to give notice to; inform; advise (often followed by of):
to be apprised of the death of an old friend.
The Baron, who knows our manners, and lives near our country, will apprize you of the time and means to be their protector.
Waverley Sir Walter Scott
All of her correspondents hastened to apprize her of the news.
The Amenities of Book-Collecting and Kindred Affections A. Edward Newton
Whenever I am in capacity to apprize you fully of these things, you shall hear from me at large on the subject.
The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution Various
Becoming alarmed at the appearance of things, they went to apprize the captain and Mr. M’Kay, who hastened to the poop.
Narrative of a Voyage to the Northwest Coast of America in the years 1811, 1812, 1813, and 1814 or the First American Settlement on the Pacific Gabriel Franchere
My companion did not apprize me that the apartment was inhabited.
Arthur Mervyn Charles Brockden Brown
I came just now to apprize you of a resolution that I had formed.
Edgar Huntley Charles Brockden Brown
Baldulph, brother of Colgrin, wanted to gain access to him, and to apprize him of a reinforcement which was coming from Germany.
Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, Volume I (of 3) Thomas Percy
He was cordially received, although bringing me no letter to apprize me of his official standing at Washington.
Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
He avoided, however, seeing and speaking to Seneca; but sent in a centurion to apprize him of his final doom.
The Best of the World’s Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume II (of X) – Rome Various
That Emperor was crowned in March, and immediately despatched a legation to the Pope to apprize him of the fact.
The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume I.(of III) 1555-66 John Lothrop Motley
(transitive) often foll by of. to make aware; inform
occasional legalese form of appraise, c.1400. Related: Apprized; apprizing.
“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.
(of a purchase) : on appro. Historical Examples appro, contraction of approbation, a word much in use among jewellers. The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten “You see, I’m going on what the shops call ‘appro,’” she said. The Eldest Son Archibald Marshall noun an informal shortening of approval on appro
to come near or nearer to: The cars slowed down as they approached the intersection. to come near to in quality, character, time, or condition; to come within range for comparison: As a poet he hardly approaches Keats. to present, offer, or make a proposal or request to: to approach the president with a suggestion. […]
- Approach light
one of a series of lights installed along the projected centerline of an airport runway to assist a pilot in aligning the aircraft during the approach to landing at night. Historical Examples An inter-system Empire is hard to maintain, even with ships that approach light speed. The Variable Man Philip K. Dick They form an […]
- Approach shot
Tennis. a hard, forcing shot usually made deep into the opponent’s court, allowing the player to move in toward the net for an offensive volley. Golf. (def 16). Historical Examples The climax was reached at the next hole, when, with several strokes in hand, he topped his approach shot into a bunker. Happy Days Alan […]