- to set an estimated value on (property, etc.) for taxation
- to set the amount of (a tax, a fine, damages, etc.)
- to impose a fine, tax, or special payment on (a person or property)
- to impose (an amount) as a fine, tax, etc.
- to estimate or determine the significance, importance, or value of; evaluate
Origin of assessMiddle English assessen from Old French assesser from Medieval Latin assessare, to impose a tax, set a rate from Classical Latin assessus, past participle of assidere, to sit beside, assist in the office of judge from ad-, to + sedere, to sit