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assess

[uh-ses] /əˈsɛs/
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.
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.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English assessen < Medieval Latin assessāre to assess a tax, derivative of Latin assēssus seated beside (a judge) (past participle of assidēre), equivalent to as- as- + sed- (stem of sedēre to sit) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
assessable, adjective
overassess, verb (used with object)
reassess, verb (used with object)
unassessable, adjective
unassessed, adjective
well-assessed, adjective
Can be confused
access, assess, excess.
accessible, assessable.
Synonyms
2. appraise, adjust. 4. appraise.
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Examples for assess
  • First we need to assess how much damage has been done to the building.
  • Give yourself a few days to assess your finances and your job prospects.
  • In some instances, the graders will assess a few initial assignments and return them for the professor's approval.
  • They work their socks off trying to give sensible credit ratings to every financial instrument they are asked to assess.
  • It's hard to use standard criteria to assess this book.
  • It may be too early to truly assess the effectiveness of the programs, but so far successes have been elusive.
  • It's also fashionable to assess "the best" of the decade.
  • Psychologists often use the famous Rorschach inkblot test and related tools to assess personality and mental illness.
  • Environmental impact studies need to assess whether the turbine might do more harm than good.
  • Conversations on how to assess colleges' quality.
British Dictionary definitions for assess

assess

/əˈsɛs/
verb (transitive)
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)
Derived Forms
assessable, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French assesser, from Latin assidēre to sit beside, from sedēre to sit
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Word Origin and History for assess
assess
early 15c., "to fix the amount (of a tax, fine, etc.)," from Anglo-Fr. assesser, from M.L. assessare "fix a tax upon," originally frequentative of L. assessus, pp. of assidere "to sit beside" (and thus to assist in the office of a judge), from ad- "to" + sedere "to sit." 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; transf. sense of "to judge the value of a person, idea, etc." is from 1934.
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