What does assess mean?

Definitions for assess

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word assess.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. measure, evaluate, valuate, assess, appraise, value(verb)

    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. assess(verb)

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

  3. tax, assess(verb)

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

  4. assess(verb)

    estimate the value of (property) for taxation

    "Our house hasn't been assessed in years"


  1. assess(Verb)

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

    He assessed the situation.

  2. assess(Verb)

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

  3. assess(Verb)

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

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. Origin: [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, proof, information and facts to verify the truth.

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

    Submitted by MaryC on January 12, 2020  

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

How to pronounce assess?

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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. Michael Steinbach:

    We've seen lots of places, online media, forums, social media, where there have been calls to conducting lone wolf attacks in your home country through a variety of means, not necessarily a sophisticated technique, but use what you have, use the tools you have and conduct an attack, they are using it successfully, I might add, to spot, assess, identify, target folks outside of war zones.

  2. Paul Lewis:

    We take our obligation to assess the security risk of detainees seriously prior to transfers. As a result, more than 90 percent of detainees transferred during the Obama administration live quietly around the world, each of these five individuals was unanimously approved for transfer more nearly five years ago by six departments and agencies through the 2009 executive order task force.

  3. Boeing Co:

    We have applied for and received a license to assess the current commercial passenger airplane needs of U.S. Government-approved Iranian airlines, the license permits us to engage approved airlines to determine their actual fleet requirements.

  4. Andy Lipow:

    The market is trying to assess whether we'll see a supply disruption, if any, iran has already seen their exports cut to minimal volumes; they have little to lose in the way of crude oil exports.

  5. The Fed:

    In adjusting the scenarios for our yearly stress testing program, we strive to assess the resilience of the nation’s largest banks in a variety of potential adverse environments, it is important that the tests not be too predictable from year to year.

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Translations for assess

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  • يقدر, يُغَرِمArabic
  • оценявам, облагам, (данък), определямBulgarian
  • avaluarCatalan, Valencian
  • ocenit, ohodnotit, posouditCzech
  • determinar, gravar, estimar, imponer, evaluarSpanish
  • määrittää, arvioidaFinnish
  • estimer, évaluer, infligerFrench
  • measúnaighIrish
  • applicare, valutare, stimare, tassare, estimareItalian
  • 評価するJapanese
  • aromatawaiMāori
  • belasten, opleggen, evalueren, beoordelenDutch
  • estimar, avaliarPortuguese
  • штрафова́ть, оцени́ть, облага́ть, определя́ть, обложи́ть, определи́ть, [[облага́ть]] ([[налог, оце́ниватьRussian
  • uvaliť, vyrúbiť, ohodnotiť, zhodnotiť, stanoviť, oceniťSlovak
  • değerlendirmeTurkish

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