Definitions for: Assess


[v] place a value on; judge the worth of something; "I will have the family jewels appraised by a professional"
[v] estimate the value of (property) for taxation; "Our house hasn't been assessed in years"
[v] set or determine the amount of (a payment such as a fine)
[v] charge (a person or a property) with a payment, such as a tax or a fine



Webster (1913) Definition: As*sess", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Assessed; p. pr. & vb.
n. Assessing.] [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.]
1. To value; to make a valuation or official estimate of for
the purpose of taxation.

2. 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. 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. To fix or determine the rate or amount of.

This sum is assessed and raised upon individuals by
commissioners in the act. --Blackstone.

Synonyms: appraise, evaluate, measure, tax, valuate, value

See Also: approximate, bill, censor, charge, determine, estimate, gauge, grade, guess, judge, mark, praise, rate, reassess, reevaluate, score, set, standardise, standardize

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