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assess

verb [T]  us   /əˈses/

assess verb [T] (JUDGE)

to decide the quality or importance of something: A college is going to assess a student’s ability based on grades. To assess is also to judge the cost or value of something: Government officials assessed the flood damage in the millions of dollars.

assess verb [T] (ASK FOR MONEY)

to charge someone an amount of money as a special payment: In order to complete the new clubhouse, all members will be assessed an additional $200 a year.
assessment
noun [C]  us   /əˈses·mənt/
This is an interesting assessment of Mark Twain’s importance in American literature.
assessment
noun [C]  us   /əˈses·mənt/
Co-op owners had to pay an assessment to cover the cost of the roof repair.
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