• WordNet 3.6
    • v assess 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"
    • v assess estimate the value of (property) for taxation "Our house hasn't been assessed in years"
    • v assess set or determine the amount of (a payment such as a fine)
    • v assess charge (a person or a property) with a payment, such as a tax or a fine
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Assess To fix or determine the rate or amount of. "This sum is assessed and raised upon individuals by commissioners in the act."
    • Assess To value; to make a valuation or official estimate of for the purpose of taxation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • assess To set, fix, or charge a certain sum upon, by way of tax: as, to assess each individual in due proportion.
    • assess 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 assess Assessment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Assess as-ses′ 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
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  • Nelson Algren
    Nelson Algren
    “The avocation of assessing the failures of better men can be turned into a comfortable livelihood, providing you back it up with a Ph.D.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. assessāre, freq. of assidēre, assessum, to sit by, esp. of judges in a court, from ad, to, at, sedēre, to sit.


In literature:

Assessment, collection, exemption, were all alike conducted without definite principles or uniform system.
"Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 2 of 3)" by John Morley
The assessments are on property.
"Diary in America, Series One" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
Assessments and taxes he could not endure, for, since he was his own protector, he had no interest in sustaining the civil authorities.
"Western Characters" by J. L. McConnel
He had built the church at Arkville and he paid nearly all the assessments.
"A Circuit Rider's Wife" by Corra Harris
Drew assessed the questioner's well-cut riding clothes, his good linen, and fine gloves.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
Commissioners were named to assess the amount which every landowner was bound to lend, and to examine on oath all who refused.
"History of the English People, Volume V (of 8)" by John Richard Green
The additional cost of a project is assessed against the land.
"History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Accordingly I assess you ... uh, how much, Milly?
"Card Trick" by Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett
And be sure the assessment work's kept up.
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
It simply referred the question of illegal distillation to the jury, without assessing their claims.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West

In poetry:

Attentive eyes, fantastic heed,
Assessing minds, he does not need,
Nor urgent writs to sup or dine,
Nor pledges in the roseate wine.
"A Poet" by Thomas Hardy
The real estate assessment roll
Would be but plundering per se,
If still the courts did not control
And hold that deeds convey the fee.
"The Deed Vs. Assessment Rolls" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
But ALICE was a pious girl, who knew it wasn't wise
To look at strange young sorters with expressive purple eyes;
So she sought the village priest to whom her family confessed,
The priest by whom their little sins were carefully assessed.
"Gentle Alice Brown" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Top returnee Fields, QB Colter assess the Wildcats' corps.
A VSA approach is a reasonable and qualitative solution for assessing the demodulator noise figure at the baseband.
Nor do they assess piety.
Moody's rating service has just issued a rather downbeat assessment of the Long Island Power Authority's already-less-than-stellar credit picture.
Get the latest research available on surface and dermal sampling to assess contamination levels and detect harmful agents.
an assessment of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and barriers for implementing the regul...
Group assessing Heritage Museum in McMinn County.
Many school-aged children struggle with reading, the most fundamental educational skill, according to the most recent report by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
This paper deals with fatigue assessment of cylinder blocks in the automobile industry.
The federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires the performance of public schools receiving Title I money to be evaluated annually, according to the state's approved assessment accountability system.
NIOSH's Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Reports #2010-01 Date of incident: July 22, 2010.
That's how long many activists say the public has been waiting for the finalization of a "science assessment" report that formally links dioxins to many serious and chronic health hazards that can be life-threatening to humans.
Beginning January 1, 2012 both the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach will no longer be assessing a Clean Truck Fee on trucks with an engine year of 2006 and older.
Saturday November 3 2012 Area residents assess damage after Hurricane Sandy.

In science:

These lectures are dedicated to a preliminary assessment of some results in the field.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
Whether they are identical can not be in general analytically assessed.
Minimax Entropy and Maximum Likelihood. Complementarity of tasks, identity of solutions
Whether the conditions are also sufficient can not be in general analytically assessed.
Minimax Entropy and Maximum Likelihood. Complementarity of tasks, identity of solutions
The structure of a standard percolation cluster can be characterized with the help of the “colored sites” picture in which one assesses the role of an element to the connectivity of the spanning cluster.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
At present it is difficult to assess the relation of VLA J123642.09+621331.4 to the XLF because its X-ray luminosity is ≈ 10 times lower than those used for all high-redshift XLF studies to date.
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N