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.
In Proto-Indo-European, two dental consonants (such as d + d, d + t, t + t, etc.) could not appear together. In the Italic languages (Latin, Oscan, Umbrian) and Germanic, the two dental consonants developed into -ss- ; thus the original Latin past participle of sedēre , sedtus (originally an adjective suffix, typically forming past participles in Latin) regularly became sessus, the base for the Late Latin verb assessāre.
- as·sess·a·ble, adjective
- o·ver·as·sess, verb (used with object)
- re·as·sess, verb (used with object)
- un·as·sess·a·ble, adjective
- un·as·sessed, adjective
- well-as·sessed, adjective
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How to use assess in a sentence
The artist came down and stood beside his patron to assess things.
Crowe recently returned from a visit to Liberia to assess the situation on the ground and will share her knowledge and experience.Ebola, Israeli-Palestinian Reconciliation Panels Added to WITW Texas | | October 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“I would advise any candidate to assess their viability and not just do a token run,” said Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster.
“My job was to assess their fear and then harp on that fear, capitalize on that fear and get them to buy,” said Maddox, 33.‘Degree Mills’ Are Exploiting Veterans and Making Millions Off the GI Bill | Aaron Glantz | June 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But as with so many customs, little information is available to assess the impact of clay and its congeners on human health.You Probably Shouldn’t Try to Lose 20 Pounds by Eating Clay | Kent Sepkowitz | June 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Who is to assess values on an estate that consists of shipping interests, lands, mines, and a host of other things?The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
We get an alert when anyone with an uncommon ride profile comes out and that helps us assess whether we want to investigate.Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
Then the author proceeds to assess the social and ethical conditions which threaten the world with spiritual bankruptcy.When Winter Comes to Main Street | Grant Martin Overton
"Well, what rate do you intend to assess," asked Nekhludoff.The Awakening | Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy
In their perplexity they referred to Dominico, who, though ill of the gout, drove to see the picture and assess its value.Curiosities of Christian History | Croake James
British Dictionary definitions for assess
to judge the worth, importance, etc, of; evaluate
(foll by at) to estimate the value of (income, property, etc) for taxation purposes: the 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)
- assessable, adjective
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