What does assess mean?

Definitions for assess

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. measure, evaluate, valuate, assess, appraise, valueverb

    evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of

    "I will have the family jewels appraised by a professional"; "access all the factors when taking a risk"

  2. assessverb

    charge (a person or a property) with a payment, such as a tax or a fine

  3. tax, assessverb

    set or determine the amount of (a payment such as a fine)

  4. assessverb

    estimate the value of (property) for taxation

    "Our house hasn't been assessed in years"


  1. assessverb

    To determine, estimate or judge the value of; to evaluate

    He assessed the situation.

  2. assessverb

    To impose or charge, especially as punishment for an infraction.

  3. assessverb

    To calculate and demand (the tax money due) from a person or entity.

    Once you've submitted a tax return, the Tax Department will assess the amount of tax you still owe.

  4. Etymology: From assesser, from assessare, originally the frequentative of assessus, past participle of assideo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ASSESSverb

    To charge with any certain sum.

    Etymology: from assestare, Ital. To make an equilibrium, or balance.

    Before the receipt of them in this office, they were assessed by the affidavit from the time of the inquisition found. Francis Bacon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Assess

    to value; to make a valuation or official estimate of for the purpose of taxation

  2. Assess

    to apportion a sum to be paid by (a person, a community, or an estate), in the nature of a tax, fine, etc.; to impose a tax upon (a person, an estate, or an income) according to a rate or apportionment

  3. Assess

    to determine and impose a tax or fine upon (a person, community, estate, or income); to tax; as, the club assessed each member twenty-five cents

  4. Assess

    to fix or determine the rate or amount of

  5. Etymology: [OF. assesser to regulate, settle, LL. assessare to value for taxation, fr. L. assidere, supine as if assessum, to sit by, esp. of judges in a court, in LL. to assess, tax. Cf. Assize, v., Cess.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Assess

    as-ses′, v.t. to fix the amount of, as a tax (with upon): to tax or fine: to fix the value or profits of, for taxation (with at): to estimate.—adj. Assess′able.—ns. Assess′ment, act of assessing: a valuation for the purpose of taxation: a tax; Assess′or, a legal adviser who sits beside a magistrate: one who assesses taxes: one who shares another's dignity.—adj. Assessō′rial.—n. Assess′orship. [Fr.—L. assessāre, freq. of assidēre, assessum, to sit by, esp. of judges in a court, from ad, to, at, sedēre, to sit.]

Editors Contribution

  1. assess

    To estimate the value of.

    They did assess the costs very thoroughly and realized them were going to create a new build now.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 14, 2020  
  2. assess

    To use data, facts, information, proof, research and statistics to verify the truth.

    Her employer did assess her on her ability to do her job.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 12, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'assess' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3614

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'assess' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4554

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'assess' in Verbs Frequency: #322

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of assess in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of assess in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of assess in a Sentence

  1. Chief Executive Luigi Gubitosi:

    At the end of 2021, I think both companies will be in a position to assess what the next step for growth is.

  2. Andrea Crisanti:

    There is still more work to be done, both in terms of testing the technology in larger lab-based studies and working with affected countries to assess the feasibility of such an intervention. it will still be at least 5-10 years before we consider testing any mosquitoes with gene drive in the wild, but now we have some encouraging proof that we’re on the right path.

  3. Steve Warren:

    We assess this operation has reduced their revenue by about 30 percent.

  4. President Biden:

    The majority of elements do not believe there is sufficient information to assess one to be more likely than the other.

  5. Pennsylvania Former champion Justin Rose:

    This golf course is going to require a huge amount of patience, having that quiet time to sit back and assess my game, assess the challenge this week and coming in with a freshness could be an advantage come the end of the week.

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  • يقدر, يُغَرِمArabic
  • оценявам, облагам, определям, (данък)Bulgarian
  • avaluarCatalan, Valencian
  • ocenit, posoudit, ohodnotitCzech
  • beurteilenGerman
  • determinar, gravar, imponer, evaluar, estimarSpanish
  • määrittää, arvioidaFinnish
  • évaluer, infliger, estimerFrench
  • measúnaighIrish
  • stimare, estimare, valutare, applicare, tassareItalian
  • 評価するJapanese
  • aromatawaiMāori
  • belasten, beoordelen, evalueren, opleggenDutch
  • avaliar, estimarPortuguese
  • обложи́ть, штрафова́ть, оцени́ть, оце́нивать, облага́ть, [[облага́ть]] ([[налог, определи́ть, определя́тьRussian
  • zhodnotiť, oceniť, ohodnotiť, stanoviť, vyrúbiť, uvaliťSlovak
  • değerlendirmeTurkish

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