- to estimate officially the value of (property, income, etc.) as a basis for taxation.
- to fix or determine the amount of (damages, a tax, a fine, etc.): The hurricane damage was assessed at six million dollars.
- to impose a tax or other charge on.
- to estimate or judge the value, character, etc., of; evaluate: to assess one's efforts.
Origin of assess
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Examples from the Web for assesses
Brown assesses sexual misconduct charges under a “preponderance of the evidence” standard—the lowest legal burden of proof.Exclusive: Brown University Student Speaks Out on What It’s Like to Be Accused of Rape
June 8, 2014
Disclosure: The Disclosure Score assesses company reporting and transparency on environmental impacts and performance.Green Rankings 2012: Frequently Asked Questions
October 22, 2012
Jace Lacob assesses the field to see whether Mad Men will make history with a fifth win.Emmys Drama Race: ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ and More
September 18, 2012
It's a "news segment" from Fox & Friends that assesses Obama's first four years in office.Shocking, Even for Fox
May 30, 2012
Expert Canada-watcher Chris Sands assesses yesterday's election in Alberta as a big win for ... President Obama.Obama Wins in Alberta
April 24, 2012
For this service Xanabar assesses her percentage, therefore Xanabar is rich.History Repeats
George Oliver Smith
The more severe government of France assesses upon each generality a certain sum, which the intendant must find as he can.
But it is a demand for this surplus, no matter how created, that assesses the value of the whole product.
He condemns a whole street at a time, assesses the damages, pays them, and rebuilds superbly.The Innocents Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Ef he's got somewhars 'round ten dollars in chicken-feed an' in ones an' twos, you assesses him dues of jest one dollar even.J. Poindexter, Colored
Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
- to judge the worth, importance, etc, of; evaluate
- (foll by at) to estimate the value of (income, property, etc) for taxation purposesthe estate was assessed at three thousand pounds
- to determine the amount of (a fine, tax, damages, etc)
- to impose a tax, fine, etc, on (a person or property)
Word Origin and History for assesses
early 15c., "to fix the amount (of a tax, fine, etc.)," from Anglo-French assesser, from Medieval Latin assessare "fix a tax upon," originally frequentative of Latin assessus "a sitting by," past participle of assidere "to sit beside" (and thus to assist in the office of a judge), from ad- "to" (see ad-) + sedere "to sit" (see sedentary). One of the judge's assistant's jobs was to fix the amount of a fine or tax. Meaning "to estimate the value of property for the purpose of taxing it" is from 1809; transferred sense of "to judge the value of a person, idea, etc." is from 1934. Related: Assessed; assessing.