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

evaluation \ i-​ˌval-​yə-​ˈwā-​shən How to pronounce evaluation (audio) , -​yü-​ˈā-​ \ noun
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

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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But read them with a skeptical eye, because there’s no way to evaluate the credibility of the posters. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Companies Hire on Potential—If Only They Knew What That Meant," 12 Mar. 2019 It’s hard for the public to know how to evaluate these claims when so little about Epstein’s crimes has ever come to light, thanks to pressure from his lawyers and acquiescence from prosecutors. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 22 Feb. 2019 Responses on the scales that asked people to evaluate their own smartphone use behaviors tracked even less with the Screen Time data. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "The problem with studies saying phones are bad for you," 5 Dec. 2018 Hays spent several weeks in a boot, and recently saw a specialist to evaluate the injury. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles notes: Ramírez to start Saturday; Tillman expected to make final rehab start Sunday," 12 July 2018 But the longstanding practice of exposing rabbits, rats, and other animals to chemicals to evaluate risks is facing growing public objections and cost concerns, helping spur a hunt for alternatives. Vanessa Zainzinger, Science | AAAS, "New digital chemical screening tool could help eliminate animal testing," 11 July 2018 For years, that’s been a critical metric used by RateMyProfessors.com, the online review service clicked on by four million college students a month to evaluate the quality of their teachers. Alfred Lubrano, Philly.com, "After complaints, Ratemyprofessors.com does away with its 'hotness' ratings," 11 July 2018 Family relations court officials are called on to evaluate the situation and recommend actions to be taken by a judge and/or prosecutors. Jon Lender, courant.com, "Jon Landry, Ex-Council Member In Farmington, Charged With Harassment, Interfering With Police," 6 July 2018 Overall, the best pellet grills to buy in 2019 are: The Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab evaluates grills for ease of use and performance attributes like evenness of heating and speed of cooking. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "5 Best Pellet Grills to Buy in 2019, According to Kitchen Appliance and Tech Experts," 27 Feb. 2019

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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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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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