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
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 WebAnswer: Saturday is going to need some time to assess the situation before too many changes take place.
Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Nov. 2022 Doing so would give officials time to assess the impact of the increases.Arkansas Online, 1 Nov. 2022 Doing so would give officials time to assess the impact of the hikes.
Christopher Rugaber, Fortune, 31 Oct. 2022 Democrats talked about getting the returns as a way to assess conflicts of interest or his compliance with tax law.
Richard Rubin, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2022 If a way to assess hippocampus functioning could be developed, parents and teachers might be able to identify which children still need naps and which don’t.
Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Oct. 2022 The government has said that the only way to assess this is to allow drilling to start.
Christian Edwards, CNN, 20 Oct. 2022 Following the 60-day comment period, Johnson said the DNR would compile and assess the input as well as consult with tribes in the state before releasing a final draft.
Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 11 Nov. 2022 In some of the affected counties, residents were still able to pay taxes and assess property.
Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 10 Nov. 2022 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