evaluate

verb
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

Other Words from evaluate

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

Choose the Right Synonym for evaluate

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
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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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“Evaluate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evaluate. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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evaluate

verb
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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