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Webster 1913 Edition


Assess

As-sess′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Assessed
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Assessing
.]
[OF.
assesser
to regulate, settle, LL.
assessare
to value for taxation, fr. L.
assidere
, supine as if
assessum
, to sit by, esp. of judges in a court, in LL. to assess, tax. Cf.
Assize
,
Verb.
,
Cess
.]
1.
To value; to make a valuation or official estimate of for the purpose of taxation.
2.
To apportion a sum to be paid by (a person, a community, or an estate), in the nature of a tax, fine, etc.; to impose a tax upon (a person, an estate, or an income) according to a rate or apportionment.
3.
To determine and impose a tax or fine upon (a person, community, estate, or income); to tax;
as, the club
assessed
each member twenty-five cents
.
4.
To fix or determine the rate or amount of.
This sum is
assessed
and raised upon individuals by commissioners in the act.
Blackstone.

Webster 1828 Edition


Assess

ASSESS'

,
Verb.
T.
[L. assideo, ad and sedeo.]
1.
To set, fix or charge a certain sum upon one, as a tax; as, to assess each citizen in due proportion.
2.
To value; to fix the value of property, for the purpose of being taxed; as by the law of the United States. Also, to value or fix the profits of business, for the purpose of taxation.
3.
To set, fix or ascertain; as, it is the province of a jury to assess damages.

ASSESS'

,
Noun.
Assessment. [Not used.]

Definition 2023


assess

assess

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assess (third-person singular simple present assesses, present participle assessing, simple past and past participle assessed)

  1. (transitive) To determine, estimate or judge the value of; to evaluate
    He assessed the situation.
  2. (transitive) To impose or charge, especially as punishment for an infraction.
    The referee assessed a penalty for delaying the game.
    A $10.00 late fee will be assessed on all overdue accounts.
  3. (transitive) To calculate and demand (the tax money due) from a person or entity.
    Once you've submitted a tax return, the Tax Department will assess the amount of tax you still owe.

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