verb (used with object)
Origin of assess
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.
Examples from the Web for assess
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.‘Degree Mills’ Are Exploiting Veterans and Making Millions Off the GI Bill|Aaron Glantz|June 28, 2014|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|DAILY BEAST
Mortal arithmetic is impotent to assess the fearful sum-total.Charles Sumner; His Complete Works, Volume XI (of 20)|Charles Sumner
In the case of living lady fictionists, it is too early to assess the merit or forecast the future of their works.Women Novelists of Queen Victoria's Reign|Mrs. [Margaret] Oliphant
Once again it is my Constitutional duty to assess the state of the Union.
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
How can it step out of the scales and assess its own weight?Progress and History|Various
British Dictionary definitions for assess
Word Origin for assess
Word Origin and History for assess
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.