- 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 assessing
My trip takes the reverse path, and I begin by assessing the depth of my Shakespeare knowledge in his birthplace.Biking With the Bard
December 28, 2014
Assessing rape allegations gets still more challenging in the Middle East, where even the suspicion of rape can break families.Escaping Assad’s Rape Prisons: A Survivor Tells Her Story
October 28, 2014
Do you think those are the two main factors in assessing a president?The Real Legacy of Richard Nixon
August 5, 2014
It may be a useful exercise for assessing black people in general.How Barack and Michelle Have Normalized Black Prominence
May 30, 2014
There are several problems involved in assessing the value of such tests.Passenger Flights Must Stop Carrying Lithium-Ion Batteries as Cargo
May 5, 2014
He was good at assessing physical values, and he felt scared.Colorado Jim
They did not object to the tax itself, but to the king's assessing it by his own authority.Charles I
There is no means of judging the future except by assessing the past.President Wilson's Addresses
Neither you nor I, Welbore, are assessing angels, I believe.Rest Harrow
Others have forbidden the practice of political committees of assessing office holders for campaign purposes.Government in the United States
James Wilford Garner
- 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 assessing
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.