verb eval·u·ate \ i-ˈval-yə-ˌwāt , -yü-ˌāt \
|Updated on: 4 Aug 2018

Definition of evaluate

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


play \i-ˌval-yə-ˈwā-shən, -yü-ˈā-\ noun


play \i-ˈval-yə-ˌwā-tiv, -yü-ˌā-\ adjective


play \i-ˈval-yə-ˌwā-tər, -yü-ˌā-\ noun

Examples of evaluate in a Sentence

  1. We need to evaluate our options.

  2. evaluate a training program as effective

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Origin and Etymology of evaluate

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

EVALUATE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of evaluate for English Language Learners

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

EVALUATE Defined for Kids


verb eval·u·ate \ i-ˈval-yə-ˌwāt \

Definition of evaluate for Students

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

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