One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘frequent patrols were made to assess the enemy's strength’
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
informal size up
2‘the damage was assessed at £5 billion’
value, put a value on, calculate, compute, work out, determine, fix, cost, price, estimate
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