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 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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Inhis report, Wells evaluated the impact of Arizona's minimum-wage changes by examining several other studies. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Arizona's minimum wage increase has helped workers and not hurt job growth, study finds," 18 July 2019 Vikrum Aiyer, Postmates’ vice president for public policy, says the company supports Mar’s goal of funding programs that reduce inequality, but is evaluating whether the IPO tax is the right vehicle to do so. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "No More Deals: San Francisco Considers Raising Taxes on Tech," 16 July 2019 MaxPreps evaluated Alabama teams from 2009 through 2018 with an emphasis on finishes in the state, national rankings and state titles. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al.com, "Most dominant Alabama HS football programs in the last decade: Who follows No. 1 Hoover?," 16 July 2019 During their testing, RootMetrics testers evaluated call quality, data usage, and texting. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Verizon Tops the Speed Charts in Latest RootMetrics Study," 16 July 2019 Some San Antonio school districts are evaluating their drug policies after Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales announced that his office will no longer prosecute low-level marijuana cases without a lab test. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, "Bexar D.A.’s marijuana decision might have little impact in schools," 15 July 2019 People constantly evaluate the emotions of customers, colleagues and loved ones to make decisions. Houwei Cao For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "I'm developing AI that can read emotions. It's not as creepy as it sounds," 15 July 2019 In fact, Logitech says never actually recalled any products after the original hack in 2016: Logitech evaluated the risk to businesses and to consumers, and did not initiate a recall of products or components already in the market and supply chain. Sean Hollister, The Verge, "Why you should really, really update your Logitech wireless dongle," 14 July 2019 Hi, Please evaluate this service for seven in tableware. Brenda Yenke, cleveland.com, "Clague House Museum & Milan’s Antiques Fest: Yenke Peddler antiques," 11 July 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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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 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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