- 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 reassess
It was time to reassess our entire relationship with Israel.Abrams and Iran: There He Goes Again
October 8, 2012
Judging by the state of the world outside New Hyde hospital, it might be time to reassess just who belongs where.A New ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’: Victor LaValle’s ‘The Devil in Silver’
August 31, 2012
Sinking Gingrich still won't quit His mission only: torment Mitt He claims the urge to reassess Is purely in the heads of press.
Rick Perry, who returned to Texas to reassess the race after his fifth-place drubbing in Iowa, looms as a question mark.Is Rick Santorum for Real After Strong Iowa Caucuses Finish?
January 5, 2012
In an op-ed for the Boston Globe, he claimed that the issue of cloning had led him to reassess his position on abortion rights.Romney’s Weird Abortion Gamble
June 24, 2011
I have proposed the reconvening of the Conference next year to review progress; reassess priorities; and set new goals.
- to assess (something) again; re-evaluate
- 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 reassess
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.