Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of assessing; appraisal.
  • noun An amount assessed, as for taxation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In marine insurance, the fixing of that part of a loss which saved property must bear to compensate for property voluntarily sacrificed to prevent a total loss.
  • noun The act of assessing, determining, or adjusting the amount of taxation, charge, damages, etc., to be paid by an individual, a company, or a community.
  • noun The amount so determined; the tax or specific sum charged upon a person or property: as, an assessment upon stockholders to pay corporate debts.
  • noun An official valuation of property, profits, or income, for purposes of taxation.
  • noun The value thus ascertained or assigned.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of assessing; the act of determining an amount to be paid
  • noun A valuation of property or profits of business, for the purpose of taxation; such valuation and an adjudging of the proper sum to be levied on the property.
  • noun The specific sum levied or assessed.
  • noun United States An apportionment of a subscription for stock into successive installments; also, one of these installments (in England termed a “call”).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of assessing or an amount (of tax, levy or duty etc) assessed.
  • noun An appraisal or evaluation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth
  • noun an amount determined as payable
  • noun the act of judging or assessing a person or situation or event
  • noun the market value set on assets

Etymologies

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assess +‎ -ment

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