from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To estimate the value of (property) for taxation.
- transitive v. To set or determine the amount of (a payment, such as a tax or fine).
- transitive v. To charge (a person or property) with a special payment, such as a tax or fine.
- transitive v. Sports To charge a player, coach, or team with (a foul or penalty).
- transitive v. To determine the value, significance, or extent of; appraise. See Synonyms at estimate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To determine, estimate or judge the value of; to evaluate
- v. To impose or charge, especially as punishment for an infraction.
- v. To calculate and demand (the tax money due) from a person or entity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To value; to make a valuation or official estimate of for the purpose of taxation.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To determine and impose a tax or fine upon (a person, community, estate, or income); to tax.
- transitive v. To fix or determine the rate or amount of.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To set, fix, or charge a certain sum upon, by way of tax: as, to assess each individual in due proportion.
- To estimate the value or amount of (property or income) as a basis for taxation.—3. To set, fix, or determine: as, it is the province of a jury to assess damages.
- n. Assessment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of
- v. charge (a person or a property) with a payment, such as a tax or a fine
- v. estimate the value of (property) for taxation
- v. set or determine the amount of (a payment such as a fine)
Middle English assessen, from Old French assesser, from Latin assidēre, assess-, to sit by as an assistant judge : ad-, ad- + sedēre, to sit; see sed- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French assesser, from Medieval Latin assessare, originally the frequentative of Latin assessus, past participle of assidere. (Wiktionary)