as·​ses·​sor | \ə-ˈse-sər \

Definition of assessor 

1 : an official who assists a judge or magistrate

2 : one that assesses especially : an official who assesses property for taxation

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Democrats do not have candidates for assessor or to represent District 4 on the council. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Party leaders putting finishing touches on November ballot in Porter County," 29 June 2018 The commission has five members, with one member each appointed by the mayor, Board of Supervisors, city attorney, district attorney and the assessor. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "Kevin Ryan, former judge and prosecutor, appointed to SF Ethics Commission," 16 Apr. 2018 In the race for Cook County assessor, challenger Fritz Kaegi captured 47 percent of the vote and won 22 of 30 townships. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Cook County clerk on how, when and where people voted — or didn’t vote — in March primary," 5 May 2018 The late Mayor Ed Lee appointed Tang to the board in 2013 when Supervisor Carmen Chu became assessor-recorder. Dominic Fracassa,, "Nine candidates file to run for District Four supervisor in SF," 18 June 2018 County assessors generally have until the following July 1 to complete and report the roll for their county. Kathleen Pender,, "Apple, Tesla, Salesforce add huge sums to soaring Bay Area property rolls," 11 July 2018 Asked Friday if Berrios would appeal the ruling or turn over the documents, assessor spokesman Tom Shaer said the office’s attorneys had yet to see the opinion. Hal Dardick,, "Appellate court orders Berrios to release assessment information to Tribune," 29 June 2018 The Survey USA poll also asked voters about the lower-profile race for county assessor-recorder-clerk, which pits two-term incumbent Ernest Dronenburg Jr. against Matthew Strabone, an attorney. John Wilkens,, "Incumbents lead in county races, but many voters undecided, new poll shows," 14 May 2018 Note: Locations and unit sizes are based on L.A. County assessor parcel records and Times reporting. Ellis Simani,, "More than 800 West Hollywood buildings could collapse in a big quake," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of assessor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of assessor

: a person whose job is to officially say how much something (such as a property) is worth especially so that it can be taxed according to that value

law : a person who knows a lot about a particular subject and whose job is to give advice about that subject to a judge or other court official

: a person whose job is to officially say how well someone has done on a test, in a competition, etc.


as·​ses·​sor | \ə-ˈse-sər \

Legal Definition of assessor 

1 : one appointed or elected to assist a judge or magistrate especially : one with special knowledge of the subject to be decided — see also master

2 : one that assesses specifically : one that is authorized to assess property for taxation

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