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 for assess
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     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.
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     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.
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     4. To fix or determine the rate or amount of.
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              This sum is assessed and raised upon individuals by
              commissioners in the act.             --Blackstone.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent,
           or significance of; "I will have the family jewels
           appraised by a professional"; "access all the factors when
           taking a risk" [syn: measure, evaluate, valuate,
           assess, appraise, value]
      2: charge (a person or a property) with a payment, such as a tax
         or a fine
      3: set or determine the amount of (a payment such as a fine)
         [syn: tax, assess]
      4: estimate the value of (property) for taxation; "Our house
         hasn't been assessed in years"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  81 Moby Thesaurus words for "assess":
     account, appraise, appreciate, ask, assay, calculate, calibrate,
     caliper, call, catalog, categorize, charge, charge for,
     check a parameter, class, classify, compute, consider, deem,
     demand, dial, divide, estimate, evaluate, exact, factor,
     fair-trade, fathom, figure, form an estimate, gauge,
     give an appreciation, graduate, group, guess, identify, impose,
     levy, make an estimation, make dutiable, mark, measure, mensurate,
     mete, meter, pace, plumb, price, prize, pro rata, probe, prorate,
     put, quantify, quantize, quote a price, rank, rate, reckon,
     require, set at, sift, size, size up, sort, sort out, sound, span,
     step, stick for, survey, take a reading, tax, thrash out, tithe,
     triangulate, valorize, valuate, value, weigh, winnow

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