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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The central government often uses inspections as a way to evaluate local officials and get top-level directives across. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "China’s Effort to Control Debt Loses Steam," 12 July 2018 The change in environment and upgrade in competition present an opportunity to re-evaluate prospects and get a feel for their overall readiness at the NBA level, as well as how their teams intend to use them. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Rookie Report Cards: The Most Noteworthy Summer League Showings," 11 July 2018 Lovullo said the team had Marrero evaluated on Saturday and determined that the amount of inflammation warranted a trip to the DL. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Diamondbacks place Deven Marrero on DL, recall Jimmie Sherfy," 30 June 2018 In addition, colleges will need to continually evaluate their systems of admissions and eliminate admissions practices that work against students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Sara Garcia, Fortune, "Colleges Are Ditching the SAT/ACT. It’s Time They End Early-Decision Practices, Too," 22 June 2018 It was suspended for two months in 2016 by the U.S. Department of the Treasury during a review that led to new procedures being put in place to evaluate bids and pay contractors. Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's demolition program under fire for lack of diversity," 16 June 2018 The agency said would evaluate the Hyundai-Kia problems and will investigate whether any other vehicle manufacturers used the same or similar ZF-TRW air bag computers. Tom Krisher, USA TODAY, "Kia recalls more than 500,000 vehicles over concerns that air bags may not inflate," 11 June 2018 But just that initial gesture has proven difficult to evaluate and verify. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "It's Nearly Impossible to Hold North Korea to Nuclear Promises," 11 June 2018 College staff will help adults learn how to apply to college, check out available degrees and certificate options, evaluate prior college credits, and understand financial aid and scholarships. Michelle Mullins, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin News Digest," 13 July 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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