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 children were assessed over time and those results were matched to children from heterosexual couples.
“In two of four hospitals assessed, nursing staff members were not coming to work or had abandoned facilities,” the paper reads.
Surveys were assessed for outliers and inconsistencies and messy data was reconciled by contacting individual schools.The Daily Beast's Top High Schools 2014: Methodology | Brandy Zadrozny | August 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The World Series was put on hold for two weeks as damage to Candlestick was assessed.
“The team has assessed that there far fewer Yazidis on Mount Sinjar than previously feared,” Kirby said in a statement Wednesday.Trapped in an ISIS Prison, And There May Be No U.S. Rescue | Kimberly Dozier | August 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Urban property and lands were assessed at values far beyond those at which the owners truly estimated them.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The local banker took up a collection to pay my fine in case a fine should be assessed against me.The Iron Puddler | James J. Davis
When the owner is rated he must be assessed upon a certain proportion only of the net annual value of the premises.
The injury done is the only proper measure of the punishment to be inflicted, as well as of the damage to be assessed.The Trial of Theodore Parker | Theodore Parker
All landholders were to be assessed in proportion to their property, and the tax, if not voluntarily paid, collected by force.The Trial of Theodore Parker | Theodore Parker
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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