assessed; assessing; assesses
Essential Meaning of assess
1 : to make a judgment about (something) The school will assess [=evaluate] the students' progress each year. After the hurricane, officials assessed the town's need for aid. See More Examplesassess a problem We need to assess whether or not the system is working. assess the situation/danger/impact/severity
2 : to officially say what the amount, value, or rate of (something) is Damage to the boat was assessed at ,000. Their house is assessed [=appraised, valued] at 3,000.
3 : to tax or charge (someone or something) : to require (a person, business, etc.) to pay a particular amount of money The company was assessed million in fines for polluting the river.
Full Definition of assess
1 : to determine the rate or amount of (something, such as a tax, charge, or fine)
2a : to impose (something, such as a tax) according to an established rate
b : to subject to a tax, charge, or levy Every homeowner will be assessed a tax according to the value of the property.
3 : to make an official valuation of (property) for the purposes of taxation Their property is assessed at $200,000.
4 : to determine the importance, size, or value of assess a problem assess the damage
5 sports : to charge (a player or team) with a foul or penalty
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