Definition of assess verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    assess

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈses//
     
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    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they assess
    BrE BrE//əˈses//
     
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    he / she / it assesses
    BrE BrE//əˈsesɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsesɪz//
     
    past simple assessed
    BrE BrE//əˈsest//
     
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    past participle assessed
    BrE BrE//əˈsest//
     
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    -ing form assessing
    BrE BrE//əˈsesɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsesɪŋ//
     
    Exams and assessment
     
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  1. 1to make a judgement about the nature or quality of somebody/something assess somebody/something It's difficult to assess the effects of these changes. to assess a patient’s needs Interviews allow you to assess the suitability of candidates. assess somebody/something as something The young men were assessed as either safe or unsafe drivers. I'd assess your chances as low. assess whether, how, etc… The committee assesses whether a building is worth preserving. We are trying to assess how well the system works. See related entries: Exams and assessment
  2. 2to calculate the amount or value of something synonym estimate assess something They have assessed the amount of compensation to be paid. assess something at something Damage to the building was assessed at £40 000.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French assesser, based on Latin assidere ‘sit by’ (in medieval Latin ‘levy tax’), from ad- ‘to, at’ + sedere ‘sit’. Compare with assizes.Extra examples It has not yet been possible to assess the impact of computerization in our workplace. It is difficult to assess the building’s value properly without seeing it. It is difficult to assess the quality of artistic work. She carefully assessed the situation. She decided to get her daughter assessed for dyslexia. The company has put great effort into assessing the needs of its customers. The legal costs have been assessed at $75 000. The studies were independently assessed by several researchers. to assess the potential of alternative energy sources A mountain guide is trained and assessed on five gruelling courses. I’d assess your chances of winning as pretty low. It is very difficult to assess accurately the costs of corporate crime. It’s difficult to assess the effects of these changes. Students will be assessed on their use of these skills. The Inland Revenue assessed the value of the paintings at £8 million. The national curriculum involves assessing pupils at ages 7, 11, 14 and 16. The new patient is assessed by the nursing staff. The tests are used to assess individual students’ ability and knowledge. We’re trying to assess how well the system works.
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