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 The trial for the vaccine candidate, known as NVX-CoV2373, will evaluate safety, efficacy and immune response in up to 30,000 people age 18 and older. Naomi Thomas, CNN, "Novavax coronavirus vaccine becomes fifth to begin Phase 3 trials in United States," 28 Dec. 2020 Coyle must evaluate why 80 Division I sports have been dropped across the country in this year alone. Ken Powell And Steve Sviggum, Star Tribune, "Editorial counterpoint: Financial, Title IX realities drove U decision on sports," 25 Dec. 2020 Yes, evaluate other vaccines that are easier to store and ship. New York Times, "People Are Dying. Who Do We Save First With the Vaccine?," 24 Dec. 2020 With that in mind, a longtime NBA scout this past week was asked to assess the growth potential of Erik Spoelstra’s roster, evaluate the next steps, in either direction, for those who return from the team that advanced to last season’s NBA Finals. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Winderman: Can Heat become winners from within? | Commentary," 19 Dec. 2020 Then, the mayor’s office will evaluate the requests and send a budget proposal to the Board of Supervisors by June 1. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "Mayor Breed gives S.F. departments specifics on how much to cut as city grapples with massive deficit," 16 Dec. 2020 Next December, when the trial ends, the firm will evaluate whether a four-day work week should be extended to its 155,000 employees across the globe. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "‘The old ways of working are outdated:’ Unilever is experimenting with a 4-day work week," 1 Dec. 2020 In October, the central government dispatched a team of investigators to Zhejiang to evaluate its usage. Nectar Gan, CNN, "China turns off the lights in 'Christmas town' as officials race to meet energy targets," 25 Dec. 2020 The Steele plan hit a snag when Auburn president Jay Gogue sided with Greene and created a search committee to evaluate all viable candidates and not only Steele, who was named the interim coach on Sunday. John Talty | Jtalty@al.com, al, "Inside the battle over Auburn’s coaching search," 23 Dec. 2020

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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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16 Jan 2021

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“Evaluate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evaluate. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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