Definitions

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)

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • What we have got to assess is the value of the deal against the dislocation or whatever of any potential comments from the regulators.

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  • The second thing they must guess/assess is their faith in you to do accomplish something of a similar magnitude to the comps, generally expressed as a percentage. posted by redbarren at 6: 27 PM

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  • "The first thing you have to assess is why did you lose," he said.

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  • But the first thing you have to assess is why did you lose.

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  • The most difficult risk to assess is the political uncertainty, which would, of course, be aggravated by any or all of the other uncertainties.

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  • - Related to the first question, to what degree does the rubric assess for specific skills and knowledge that are needed by students as they progress from this course to others?

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  • In test process management, it is important to plemented into the project is efficient, effective in terms assess the effectiveness of different testing techniques, in of factors such as cost, time, and the number of bugs that terms of their ability to expose errors and also the size of can be detected.

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  • Issuing the security advisory is Step 3, called assess and stabilize, where "the engineering team investigates and develops the solution, while the communications team reaches out to provide guidance to customers and partners."

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  • Then assess, which is "best". so, do you know any software can convert to a good MPEG2 file, the best converter

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  • He also points out that while conventional dictionaries offer a number of senses to define each word, little help has traditionally been given to the reader to enable them to assess which is the most likely meaning for their purposes.

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  • Impact assessment seems a perfectly normal kind of assessing. You can also study, evaluate, judge, or prepare for something that will came about in the future.

    July 21, 2010

  • In the UN, a peculiar usage of the word "assess" is emerging. One source is a General Comment by the Committee on the Rights of the Child, which refers to "process of child impact assessment (predicting the impact of any proposed law, policy or budgetary allocation which affects children and the enjoyment of their rights) and child impact evaluation (evaluating the actual impact of implementation)." (General Comment No.5, para.45) It seems to me a misuse, because I don't believe that the work "assess" should be used to refer to something that doesn't exist, because it is in the future. Comments?

    July 21, 2010