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Assess vs. Ascertain

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Assessverb

(transitive) To determine, estimate or judge the value of; to evaluate

‘He assessed the situation.’;

Ascertainverb

To find out definitely; to discover or establish.

‘As soon as we ascertain what the situation is, we can plan how to proceed.’;

Assessverb

(transitive) To impose or charge, especially as punishment for an infraction.

‘The referee assessed a penalty for delaying the game.’; ‘A $10.00 late fee will be assessed on all overdue accounts.’;

Ascertainverb

(obsolete) To make (someone) certain or confident about something; to inform.

Assessverb

(transitive) To calculate and demand (the tax money due) from a person or entity.

‘Once you've submitted a tax return, the Tax Department will assess the amount of tax you still owe.’;

Ascertainverb

(archaic) To establish, to prove.

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Assessverb

To value; to make a valuation or official estimate of for the purpose of taxation.

Ascertainverb

(archaic) To ensure or effect.

Assessverb

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.

Ascertainverb

To render (a person) certain; to cause to feel certain; to make confident; to assure; to apprise.

‘When the blessed Virgin was so ascertained.’; ‘Muncer assured them that the design was approved of by Heaven, and that the Almighty had in a dream ascertained him of its effects.’;

Assessverb

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.

Ascertainverb

To make (a thing) certain to the mind; to free from obscurity, doubt, or change; to make sure of; to fix; to determine.

‘The divine law . . . ascertaineth the truth.’; ‘The very deferring [of his execution] shall increase and ascertain the condemnation.’; ‘The ministry, in order to ascertain a majority . . . persuaded the queen to create twelve new peers.’; ‘The mildness and precision of their laws ascertained the rule and measure of taxation.’;

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Assessverb

To fix or determine the rate or amount of.

‘This sum is assessed and raised upon individuals by commissioners in the act.’;

Ascertainverb

To find out or learn for a certainty, by trial, examination, or experiment; to get to know; as, to ascertain the weight of a commodity, or the purity of a metal.

‘He was there only for the purpose of ascertaining whether a descent on England was practicable.’;

Assessverb

place a value on; judge the worth of something;

‘I will have the family jewels appraised by a professional’;

Ascertainverb

after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study;

‘find the product of two numbers’; ‘The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize’;

Assessverb

charge (a person or a property) with a payment, such as a tax or a fine

Ascertainverb

be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something;

‘He verified that the valves were closed’; ‘See that the curtains are closed’; ‘control the quality of the product’;

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Assessverb

set or determine the amount of (a payment such as a fine)

Ascertainverb

find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort;

‘I want to see whether she speaks French’; ‘See whether it works’; ‘find out if he speaks Russian’; ‘Check whether the train leaves on time’;

Assessverb

estimate the value of (property) for taxation;

‘Our house hasn't been assessed in years’;

Ascertainverb

learn or discover with certainty

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