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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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  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. Jay Olson:

    The test measures divergent thinking and verbal creativity, which are important but limited aspects of overall creativity. Our task won't predict your creative culinary skills, but it will predict performance on various types of problem-solving, which suggests it is doing more than simply measuring vocabulary, still, we'll need future research to assess how our task relates to other verbal abilities or intelligence more broadly.

  2. Chris Snow:

    It is difficult to assess whether the notice of default represents a splintering of the rumored agreements over the past several weeks, or if the holders are just preserving their rights to litigate in sync with the efforts currently underway by the second lien debt.

  3. The FDA:

    Finally, the VRBPAC will be asked to discuss circumstances under which emergency use authorization could be considered for age groups within 6 months to 12 years and, in that context, data needed to support benefits of making COVID-19 vaccines available under emergency use authorization and safety data needed to assess risks.

  4. The US:

    The President is briefed every day by The President Covid team and will continue to assess, based on their recommendations, any additional steps that needs to be taken, putting in place these travel restrictions was intended to give us more time to do the necessary evaluation, data and testing required that our health experts are working around the clock to do. And they made this assessment and recommendation about the countries where we would put in place these travel restrictions in order to give us that time.

  5. Kim Yong Chol:

    I assess his comment reflected Trump's thinking and was part of the U.S. side's positive efforts to revive the momentum for talks, but if ... the hostile provocation against us is carried out, we won't help but responding with shocking punishment that the United States can't afford.

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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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