assess
assess (v.) early 15c., "to fix the amount (of a tax, fine, etc.)," from Anglo-Fr. assesser, from M.L. assessare "fix a tax upon," originally frequentative of L. assessus "a sitting by," pp. of assidere "to sit beside" (and thus to assist in the office of a judge), from ad- "to" (see AD- (Cf. ad-)) + sedere "to sit" (see SEDENTARY (Cf. sedentary)). One of the judge's assistant's jobs was to fix the amount of a fine or tax. Meaning "to estimate the value of property for the purpose of taxing it" is from 1809; transferred sense of "to judge the value of a person, idea, etc." is from 1934. Related: Assessed; assessing.

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