assess

Before you try to sell your car, you should ask an expert to assess its value — once you know what it's worth, it's easier to find a fair price. When you assess a matter, you make a judgment about it.

The verb assess has the general meaning of determining the importance or value of something. It also has a few specialized uses having to do with amounts of money, such as fines, fees, and taxes. It can mean to set the value of property for purposes of taxation, or to charge a person or business a tax or fee. Assess comes from Anglo-French usage, and is ultimately derived from the Latin verb assidēre, "to sit as a judge."

Definitions of assess
  1. verb
    evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of
    synonyms: appraise, evaluate, measure, valuate, value
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    grade, mark, score
    assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation
    rate, value
    estimate the value of
    standardise, standardize
    evaluate by comparing with a standard
    reassess, reevaluate
    revise or renew one's assessment
    censor
    subject to political, religious, or moral censorship
    praise
    express approval of
    blue-pencil, delete, edit
    cut or eliminate
    revalue
    value anew
    troll
    praise or celebrate in song
    salute
    express commendation of
    applaud
    express approval of
    exalt, extol, glorify, laud, proclaim
    praise, glorify, or honor
    blandish, flatter
    praise somewhat dishonestly
    eulogise, eulogize
    praise formally and eloquently
    compliment, congratulate
    say something to someone that expresses praise
    gush, rave
    praise enthusiastically
    commend
    express approval of
    commend, recommend
    express a good opinion of
    advertise, advertize, promote, push
    make publicity for; try to sell (a product)
    puff, puff up
    praise extravagantly
    sonnet
    praise in a sonnet
    type of:
    evaluate, judge, pass judgment
    form a critical opinion of
  2. verb
    estimate the value of (property) for taxation
    “Our house hasn't been assessed in years”
    Synonyms:
    appraise, evaluate, measure, valuate, value
    evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of
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    approximate, estimate, gauge, guess, judge
    judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)
  3. verb
    set or determine the amount of (a payment such as a fine)
    synonyms: tax
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    determine, set
    fix conclusively or authoritatively
  4. verb
    charge (a person or a property) with a payment, such as a tax or a fine
    Synonyms:
    tax
    set or determine the amount of (a payment such as a fine)
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    bill, charge
    demand payment
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