estimate implies a judgment, considered or casual, that precedes or takes the place of actual measuring or counting or testing out.
estimated the crowd at two hundred
appraise commonly implies the fixing by an expert of the monetary worth of a thing, but it may be used of any critical judgment.
having their house appraised
evaluate suggests an attempt to determine relative or intrinsic worth in terms other than monetary.
evaluate a student's work
value equals appraise but without implying expertness of judgment.
a watercolor valued by the donor at $500
rate adds to estimate the notion of placing a thing according to a scale of values.
a highly rated restaurant
assess implies a critical appraisal for the purpose of understanding or interpreting, or as a guide in taking action.
officials are trying to assess the damage
Examples of assess in a Sentence
Cornell graduate student James Tanner spent three years in the early 1940s slogging southern swamps and bayous to assess where and how the species could be saved. By his reckoning, no more than twenty-four ivory-bills remained in the entire Southeast.—John Terborgh, New York Review of Books, 26 Apr. 2007When the training staff determined that Everett had no mobility below his neck, Cappuccino was waved onto the field. He performed a quick battery of tests to assess the severity of the injury, squeezing various parts of Everett's body and asking him to respond.—Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated, 17 Dec. 2007Tetlock found that his experts used a double standard: they were much tougher in assessing the validity of information that undercut their theory than they were in crediting information that supported it.—Louis Menand, New Yorker, 5 Dec. 2005Briefly, the way it works is this. Every time a hog is sold, the seller is assessed 40 cents per $100 of sale value to promote the consumption of pork.—Warren R. Ross, UU World, Fall 2005
After the hurricane, officials assessed the town's need for aid.
We need to assess whether or not the system is working.
Damage to the boat was assessed at $5,000.
The company was assessed $12 million in fines for polluting the river. See More
Recent Examples on the WebBlackburn was flagged for pass interference and nickel back Ayden Hector was assessed a foul for unsportsmanlike conduct.—Julianne McShane, NBC News, 19 Sep. 2023 As for us, we are left now with the problem of how to assess his contributions.—Pablo Helguera, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2023 Henry Blackburn was assessed a personal foul after this late hit on Travis Hunter.—oregonlive, 18 Sep. 2023 Liberty High School has been identified as the county’s top modernization priority after the Eldersburg school, which opened in 1980, was recently assessed for the first time.—Thomas Goodwin Smith, Baltimore Sun, 18 Sep. 2023 Ninety years later, a pair of researchers used some of the resulting data to assess how ambition had affected the participants over the course of seven decades.—Jamie Ducharme, TIME, 18 Sep. 2023 Caldwell encourages assessing the big picture of your health before diving in.—Sarah Garone, Health, 18 Sep. 2023 The Rams’ Henry Blackburn was assessed a personal foul after the late hit.—Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 17 Sep. 2023 Beat reporters from around the conference assess where each team sits after college football’s second weekend.—Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Sep. 2023 See More
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Middle English, probably from Medieval Latin assessus, past participle of assidēre, from Latin, to sit beside, assist in the office of a judge — more at assize