[ uh-ses-muhnt ]
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  1. the act of assessing; appraisal; evaluation.

  2. an official valuation of property for the purpose of levying a tax; an assigned value.

  1. an amount assessed as payable.

Origin of assessment

First recorded in 1530–40; assess + -ment

Other words from assessment

  • mis·as·sess·ment, noun
  • o·ver·as·sess·ment, noun
  • pro·as·sess·ment, adjective
  • re·as·sess·ment, noun
  • self-as·sess·ment, noun

Words Nearby assessment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use assessment in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for assessment


/ (əˈsɛsmənt) /

  1. the act of assessing, esp (in Britain) the evaluation of a student's achievement on a course

  2. an amount determined as payable

  1. a valuation set on taxable property, income, etc

  2. evaluation; estimation

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Cultural definitions for assessment


The appraisal of property for the purposes of taxation.

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