eval·​u·​ate | \ i-ˈval-yə-ˌwāt How to pronounce evaluate (audio) , -yü-ˌāt \
evaluated; evaluating

Essential Meaning of evaluate

: to judge the value or condition of (someone or something) in a careful and thoughtful way We need to evaluate our options. evaluate a job candidate evaluate a training program as effective/ineffective

Full 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

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 tests are not authorized by the Food and Drug Administration to evaluate how long someone is infectious. Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2022 There have also been complaints about a flood of testing options, including some from abroad that have swamped the capacity to evaluate them. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 28 Dec. 2021 That in turn creates strong incentives to seek out relevant information and evaluate it in an unbiased way. Ilya Somin, The Week, 27 Dec. 2021 The policy is in effect until Jan. 15 and the state will re-evaluate it after that. Allison Prang, WSJ, 16 Dec. 2021 The zoning language would give planners latitude to evaluate whether new projects are compatible with the landscape, architecture and general design of neighboring properties. Don Stacom, courant.com, 2 Dec. 2021 One of the best ways to approach asking for a more flexible work schedule is to evaluate how adaptive the organization is. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 Scientists were asked to define the level of climate change that would constitute DAI and evaluate what its consequences might be. Naomi Oreskes, Scientific American, 18 Oct. 2021 If a work trip conflicted with back-to-school night for my daughter, my manager and I were able to evaluate how essential the travel was and whether one of my teammates could attend in my absence. Anna Avalos, Quartz, 13 Oct. 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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“Evaluate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evaluate. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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