eval·​u·​ate | \ i-ˈval-yə-ˌwāt How to pronounce evaluate (audio) , -yü-ˌāt \
evaluated; evaluating

Definition of evaluate

transitive verb

1 : to determine or fix the value of
2 : to determine the significance, worth, or condition of usually by careful appraisal and study

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Other Words from evaluate

evaluative \ i-​ˈval-​yə-​ˌwā-​tiv How to pronounce evaluative (audio) , -​yü-​ˌā-​ \ adjective
evaluator \ i-​ˈval-​yə-​ˌwā-​tər How to pronounce evaluator (audio) , -​yü-​ˌā-​ \ noun

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estimate, appraise, evaluate, value, rate, assess mean to judge something with respect to its worth or significance. estimate implies a judgment, considered or casual, that precedes or takes the place of actual measuring or counting or testing out. estimated the crowd at two hundred appraise commonly implies the fixing by an expert of the monetary worth of a thing, but it may be used of any critical judgment. having their house appraised evaluate suggests an attempt to determine relative or intrinsic worth in terms other than monetary. evaluate a student's work value equals appraise but without implying expertness of judgment. a watercolor valued by the donor at $500 rate adds to estimate the notion of placing a thing according to a scale of values. a highly rated restaurant assess implies a critical appraisal for the purpose of understanding or interpreting, or as a guide in taking action. officials are trying to assess the damage

Examples of evaluate in a Sentence

We need to evaluate our options. evaluate a training program as effective
Recent Examples on the Web The National Assembly of State Animal Health Officials, which represents all state veterinarians, recently formed a working group to evaluate the vaccine and make recommendations to the public. Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, "The Rabbit Outbreak," 29 June 2020 The City Council also voted Tuesday to evaluate additional police reforms following the Minneapolis killing of George Floyd. Kristi Sturgill, Los Angeles Times, "Santa Cruz becomes the first U.S. city to ban predictive policing," 26 June 2020 The measure also would require the Department of Health and Human Services to evaluate each regional hub's operation and outcomes and report more details to the legislature by July 31, 2020. Scott Mcclallen, Washington Examiner, "Michigan Senate passes nursing home bill that seeks to create dedicated COVID-19 facilities," 25 June 2020 But flight controllers wake it up every Wednesday to collect engineering data and evaluate its performance. William Harwood, CBS News, "Astronauts gear up for Friday spacewalk amid planning for Crew Dragon return," 24 June 2020 Also, be sure to critically evaluate your work during this time. Liz Bentley, NBC News, "How to make a comeback career in a COVID-19 world," 23 June 2020 In league circles, there’s growing belief that free agents could opt for one-year deals this offseason and then re-evaluate the market in 2021, when the salary cap may normalize. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Andre Drummond says he will pick up player option and stay with Cleveland Cavaliers," 23 June 2020 That general manager became Troy Weaver, the former longtime Oklahoma City Thunder executive known across the league for his ability to evaluate talent and help young players develop. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons GM Troy Weaver can make instant impact on franchise in 2020 NBA draft," 23 June 2020 There's also the tendency for people to evaluate themselves as superior to others, Bell says. John Blake, CNN, "'Am I racist?' You may not like the answer," 20 June 2020

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First Known Use of evaluate

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for evaluate

back-formation from evaluation, from French évaluation, from Middle French evaluacion, from esvaluer to evaluate, from e- + value value

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The first known use of evaluate was in 1842

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2 Jul 2020

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“Evaluate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evaluate. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of evaluate

: to judge the value or condition of (someone or something) in a careful and thoughtful way


eval·​u·​ate | \ i-ˈval-yə-ˌwāt How to pronounce evaluate (audio) \
evaluated; evaluating

Kids Definition of evaluate

: to judge the value or condition of Our teacher is evaluating our math skills.

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