Assess As*sess", v. 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}, v., {Cess}.] 1. To value; to make a valuation or official estimate of for the purpose of taxation. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

4. To fix or determine the rate or amount of. [1913 Webster]

This sum is assessed and raised upon individuals by commissioners in the act. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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