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[ uh-ses ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to estimate officially the value of (property, income, etc.) as a basis for taxation.
  2. to fix or determine the amount of (damages, a tax, a fine, etc.):

    The hurricane damage was assessed at six million dollars.

    Synonyms: adjust, appraise

  3. to impose a tax or other charge on.
  4. to estimate or judge the value, character, etc., of; evaluate:

    to assess one's efforts.

    Synonyms: appraise


/ əˈsɛs /


  1. to judge the worth, importance, etc, of; evaluate
  2. foll by at to estimate the value of (income, property, etc) for taxation purposes

    the estate was assessed at three thousand pounds

  3. to determine the amount of (a fine, tax, damages, etc)
  4. to impose a tax, fine, etc, on (a person or property)
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • asˈsessable, adjective
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Other Words From

  • 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of assess1

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English assessen, from Old French assesser, from Medieval Latin assessāre “to assess a tax,” derivative of Latin assessus “seated beside (a judge)” (past participle of assidēre ), equivalent to as- “toward” + sed- (stem of sedēre “to sit”) + -tus past participle suffix; as-, sit 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of assess1

C15: from Old French assesser, from Latin assidēre to sit beside, from sedēre to sit
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Example Sentences

Instructors say it’s tough to teach and assess motor skills, like catching and kicking, online.

Consider Samuel Cartwright’s use of the spirometer, a medical instrument designed to assess lung capacity.

He had the power to assess the security situation, send backup, send help.

The school system has said it has spent more than $250 million on improvements, including $4 million to assess and upgrade ventilation.

Either way, before you pull the trigger, you’ll definitely want to assess your counter space and figure out how much room you’ve got for a new appliance.

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.

“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.

But as with so many customs, little information is available to assess the impact of clay and its congeners on human health.

Who is to assess values on an estate that consists of shipping interests, lands, mines, and a host of other things?

We get an alert when anyone with an uncommon ride profile comes out and that helps us assess whether we want to investigate.

Then the author proceeds to assess the social and ethical conditions which threaten the world with spiritual bankruptcy.

"Well, what rate do you intend to assess," asked Nekhludoff.

In their perplexity they referred to Dominico, who, though ill of the gout, drove to see the picture and assess its value.





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