Notebook, 1993-



Fix, Form, Base, Determine, Judge . . . . Appraisal, Basis, Evaluation, Estimation, Determination, Judgement [of the value, character, etc.]

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Assess v.t. 1. to estimate officially the value of [property, income, etc.] as a basis for taxation. 2. to fix or determine the amount of [damages, a tax. a fine, etc.]; appraise. 3. to impose a tax or other charge on. 4. Estimate or judge the value, character, etc. of; evaluate: to assess oneÍs efforts. [late ME assesse < ML assessã(re) (to) assess a tax < L asséss(us) seated beside (a judge) (ptp. of assidére) = as-AS- + séd- [perf. s. of sedére to SIT) + -tus ptp. suffix] [Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]



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