eval·​u·​ate | \i-ˈval-yə-ˌwāt, -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

evaluation \i-​ˌval-​yə-​ˈwā-​shən, -​yü-​ˈā-​ \ noun
evaluative \i-​ˈval-​yə-​ˌwā-​tiv, -​yü-​ˌā-​ \ adjective
evaluator \i-​ˈval-​yə-​ˌwā-​tər, -​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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And even now, nearly four years later, Facebook will not reveal exactly how many Burmese speakers are evaluating content that has been flagged as possibly violating its standards. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, "How Facebook’s Rise Fueled Chaos and Confusion in Myanmar," 6 July 2018 The show premiered in July 2009 and features local experts who visit the shop and help evaluate the rare, and strange items brought to the store by sellers. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Pawn Stars' Richard 'Old Man' Harrison Dies at Age 77 After Battling Parkinson's Disease," 25 June 2018 Over the course of the summer, Asher will take this data and evaluate their eye movements, their sweat and their own impressions of the experience. Jackie Mansky, Smithsonian, "The Neuroscientist in the Art Museum," 19 June 2018 The club released a statement saying Krieger was evaluated at Orlando Health on Tuesday. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride defender Ali Krieger out 4 to 6 weeks with knee injury," 30 May 2018 The 0-to-24 range is still limited, but Aflalo says the brand is constantly evaluating its approach to sizing, based on customer feedback. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Reformation's Cult-Favorite Jeans Will Now Be Available in Sizes 0 Through 24," 12 Nov. 2018 As for Carven, the brand seems to be re-evaluating its strategy. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "After 3 Seasons, Serge Ruffieux Leaves Carven," 5 Nov. 2018 And though Noah has since recovered, and Bublé’s wife, Luisana Lopilato, gave birth to their third child this July, the trauma of Noah’s cancer has led Bublé to re-evaluate his life and career. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Michael Bublé Responds to Retirement Rumors After Fans Erupt on Twitter," 15 Oct. 2018 So what exactly do travelers really care about when evaluating amenities? Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Airbnb Plus Reveals the Amenities Travelers Really Care About," 28 Aug. 2018

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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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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 \
evaluated; evaluating

Kids Definition of evaluate

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

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