assess

verb
as·​sess | \ ə-ˈses How to pronounce assess (audio) , a- \
assessed; assessing; assesses

Definition of assess

transitive verb

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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Other Words from assess

assessable \ ə-​ˈse-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce assessable (audio) , a-​ \ adjective

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estimate, appraise, evaluate, value, rate, assess mean to judge something with respect to its worth or significance. 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. 2007 When 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. 2007 Tetlock 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. 2005 Briefly, 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The key to Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s success has lain in developing a more forward-looking means of mapping and assessing flood risk than the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Washington Post, "One city’s plan to combat climate change: Bulldoze homes, rebuild paradise," 26 Nov. 2019 The position of the CPSC's health sciences directorate, charged with assessing product risks, is opposed by pediatricians and safety advocates and contradicted by medical studies. Anchorage Daily News, "Dozens of infant deaths have been tied to a popular baby product. But regulators are too paralyzed to act.," 24 Nov. 2019 The authors are then able to convert that figure into an average valuation for a dog’s entire life, adjusting for certain factors like the presence of multiple dogs in a household and known biases present in how people tend to assess risk. BostonGlobe.com, "The final price tag they put on a dog’s life? $10,000, ‘‘a very round number that both reflects our overall interpretation of the results of our analysis and conveys that we are providing only a first estimate,’’ the authors write.," 23 Nov. 2019 The authors are then able to convert that figure into an average valuation for a dog's entire life, adjusting for certain factors like the presence of multiple dogs in a household and known biases present in how people tend to assess risk. Christopher Ingraham, chicagotribune.com, "Researchers have finally put a price tag on the life of a dog," 22 Nov. 2019 Researchers also used a risk estimator from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology to assess participants’ risk of heart disease using biomarkers. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Heart attack survivors could be at greater risk for cancer, a new study shows," 21 Nov. 2019 Using these systems to regularly monitor a patient’s writing, perhaps through an app or periodic remote check-in with mental health professionals, could feasibly offer a way to assess their risk of self-harm. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Artificial Intelligence Could Help Solve America's Impending Mental Health Crisis," 20 Nov. 2019 To assess their potential exposure risk, sites should also know how many of their users have granted permissions. Wired, "Opinion: Websites Ask for Permissions And Attack Forgiveness," 19 Nov. 2019 To avoid complications, the FDA recommends talking to your doctor about whether LASIK is right for you and assessing potential risks. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Former FDA Adviser Who Voted to Approve LASIK Now Thinks the Eye Surgery Should Be Banned," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of assess

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for assess

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

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“Assess.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assesses. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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assess

verb
How to pronounce assess (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of assess

: to make a judgment about (something)
: to officially say what the amount, value, or rate of (something) is
: to tax or charge (someone or something) : to require (a person, business, etc.) to pay a particular amount of money

assess

verb
as·​sess | \ ə-ˈses How to pronounce assess (audio) \
assessed; assessing

Kids Definition of assess

1 : to make a judgment about The school assessed the students' progress each year.
2 : to decide on the rate, value, or amount of (as for taxation) The jury assessed damages of $5000. The house was assessed at $140,000.
3 : to put a charge or tax on The city assessed all car owners a fee.

Other Words from assess

assessor \ -​ər \ noun a tax assessor
as·​sess | \ ə-ˈses How to pronounce assess (audio) \

Legal Definition of assess

1 : to determine the rate or amount of (as a tax)
2a : to impose (as a tax) according to an established rate
b : to subject to a tax, charge, or levy each property owner was assessed an additional five dollars
3 : to make an official valuation of (property) for the purposes of taxation

Other Words from assess

assessable \ ə-​ˈse-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce assessable (audio) \ adjective
assessment noun

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