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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web For example, the FAA has started drafting rules to mandate safety-management systems, which standardize how companies evaluate and manage risk, for charter and air-taxi operators. ProPublica, 18 June 2021 Entering Euphoria can prompt us to evaluate our priorities once more and live our lives perhaps in new and more balanced ways. Nel-olivia Waga, Forbes, 17 June 2021 For example, the FAA has started drafting rules to mandate safety-management systems, which standardize how companies evaluate and manage risk, for charter and air-taxi operators. Anchorage Daily News, 16 June 2021 Ask your doctor to evaluate your risk for falling and be specific. Victoria Magee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 June 2021 Renee Bowen will serve for one year as the senior economist for trade with the Council of Economic Advisers, a White House agency first created in the mid-1940s to help the president evaluate economic trends and formulate financial plans. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 June 2021 Biden, in an executive order, is directing Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo to evaluate the apps and block those that pose a security risk. Jenny Leonard, Fortune, 9 June 2021 Experts at Whiting will evaluate Augustin again over the next 60 days and attorneys expect the commitment hearing to be scheduled in September. Zach Murdock, courant.com, 9 June 2021 Ricardo Palacios says that scheduling vaccinations sequentially allowed the research team to evaluate and compare the areas. Marcia Reverdosa And Rodrigo Pedroso, CNN, 6 June 2021

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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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21 Jun 2021

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“Evaluate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evaluate. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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evaluate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of evaluate

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

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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