1) To assess, often abbreviated to ‘sess’, was to settle or determine the amount of tax payable by a community or an individual; to value property subject to a tax.
1485 any vitall that comethe to the market … to be sessed by the Maire, York
1555 30 youes & gymmares wynterd at home and 10 that is sest to half part price Ł3, Aysgarth
1580 payd to John Wayd the sherafe balye that my master was sessed to Walshforthe brege, vs, Stockeld. The assessment was the valuation of property for tax purposes: 1575 a Sesment maide for the tenements belonging the Tounshipe of Thurstonland
1671 spent at sesing the poor ses 2d, Bradford.