Definition of assess in English:



[with object]
  • 1Evaluate or estimate the nature, ability, or quality of.

    ‘the committee must assess the relative importance of the issues’
    with clause ‘it is difficult to assess whether this is a new trend’
    • ‘The public will be given an opportunity to assess the relative quality of these submissions.’
    • ‘An occupational therapist is employed to assess the individual abilities and needs of people living with a disability.’
    • ‘The first phase will evaluate and assess the current status of the Egyptian insurance market.’
    • ‘Establishing the reliability and validity of measures is important for assessing their quality.’
    • ‘As well as having the physical ability, a lot of it is about having the right mentality - the ability to assess risk.’
    • ‘It is difficult to assess the relative importance of all these complex processes in driving climate change.’
    • ‘The reason a local income tax is proposed as the alternative is that it is the most obvious and readily identifiable mechanism for assessing ability to pay.’
    • ‘But the judge said doctors were only able to assess the medical quality of life, not its social dimension.’
    • ‘The second branch assesses the ability to evaluate, not just understand, information.’
    • ‘It should be possible to assess the nature of these structures from this record.’
    • ‘The first, essential step in defining the conflict is to assess the nature of the challenge.’
    • ‘The new face had to be assessed, evaluated and placed in rank according to the established pecking order.’
    • ‘The film is so bleak and depressing that I find it a bit difficult to assess its quality.’
    • ‘The most relevant aspects must be assessed and addressed at the first evaluation.’
    • ‘It would be absurd to assess the qualities of a holiday destination solely on the basis of what there is to eat when you get there.’
    • ‘The feedback from these schemes will be assessed and evaluated in September.’
    • ‘A child's development is evaluated by assessing the child's abilities on a range of tasks and behaviours.’
    • ‘Probably the best way to assess the quality of an airline's service is on the ground.’
    • ‘We carried out sensitivity analyses on two aspects of the evaluation to assess the robustness of the findings.’
    • ‘It is important to learn how to assess the nature of a pitch and adapt your approach to suit.’
    evaluate, judge, gauge, rate, estimate, appraise, form an opinion of, check out, form an impression of, make up one's mind about, get the measure of, determine, weigh up, analyse
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    1. 1.1 Calculate or estimate the price or value of.
      ‘the damage was assessed at £5 billion’
      • ‘He said it was too early to assess the oil damage but added that the entrance to the wetlands was mostly protected by a natural sandbar.’
      • ‘This low land price was also not assessed by the related departments.’
      • ‘Elsewhere in the Alps, where the flooding began, residents were assessing the damage and cleaning up.’
      • ‘She said the district valuer, a Government officer, had already assessed the trust's figures and was happy with them.’
      • ‘A structural engineer is expected to visit the scene to assess damage before trains are allowed to use the bridge again.’
      • ‘All three cars made it to a sideroad without further incident, and the defective driver came out to assess the damage.’
      • ‘I toured Houston and Dallas and Baton Rouge, assessing the damage that was done there.’
      • ‘Today systems staff are assessing the damage caused by the electronic love letter virus.’
      • ‘Damage was being assessed before a decision could be made on its reopening.’
      • ‘In my view these express provisions contemplate that the offer is to remain open to acceptance until such time as the price has been assessed.’
      • ‘It is a matter of assessing the damage and examining how we can best help in the medium and long-term.’
      • ‘Now environmental experts are assessing the damage caused by the spill, which residents claim is an ongoing problem.’
      • ‘As soon as officials get down there, they're going to be able to assess the damage there.’
      • ‘He said he could not determine the speed of the whirlwind until the damage was assessed in the area.’
      • ‘He said Thursday the water had not receded enough for technicians to assess the damage.’
      • ‘But we'll be assessing the damage and hoping to be helpful in any way that we can.’
      • ‘This is in fact what he did and the price he offered is a reasonable basis to assess damages in this case.’
      • ‘A pollution expert with the coast guard service is assessing the damage caused by the capsizing.’
      • ‘It places the onus of assessing the property on owners, which has created a lot of confusion in the citizens.’
      • ‘No one was injured, and surveyors were brought in to assess the damage.’
      value, put a value on, calculate, compute, work out, determine, fix, cost, price, estimate
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    2. 1.2 Set the value of a tax, fine, etc., for (a person or property) at a specified level.
      ‘all empty properties will be assessed at 50 per cent’
      • ‘A wise government simply learns not to push unduly hard when assessing property.’
      • ‘This meant she was assessed as a person living alone and did not have to pay the full council tax for her home.’
      • ‘So if there is a sale of an undervalue, duty is assessed at market value?’
      levy a tax on, impose a toll on, charge duty on, exact a tax on, demand a tax on
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Late Middle English: from Old French assesser, based on Latin assidere ‘sit by’ (in medieval Latin ‘levy tax’), from ad- ‘to, at’ + sedere ‘sit’. Compare with assize.