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

Recent Examples on the Web

Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles, evaluated for a concussion Yes…another Eagles player on the list for this week. Bill Enright, SI.com, "Week 3 Fantasy Football Injury Report," 17 Sep. 2019 The Trump administration is currently evaluating whether to penalize French wine and other goods in response to France’s tax on digital companies like Amazon.com Inc., Facebook Inc., and Alphabet Inc.’s Google. Bryce Baschuk, Fortune, "EU Luxury Brands Face WTO-Approved U.S. Tariffs," 16 Sep. 2019 When pressed as to the majority of the offensive line’s reposting of a social media post by Hanson on Sunday, Cristobal reiterated the redshirt-senior is still being evaluated. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks WR Juwan Johnson (calf) continues to practice, OC Jake Hanson ‘being evaluated,’ multiple injured starters expected to play vs. Stanford," 16 Sep. 2019 Officers evaluated the driver for signs of impairment, according to police, who did not provide further details on the investigation Monday night. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "Woman struck by car on Aurora Avenue near Green Lake, seriously injured," 16 Sep. 2019 The fourth and last crew member was rescued just before 6 p.m. Monday and appeared to be in good medical condition but was being evaluated. Jeff Amy, Anchorage Daily News, "Coast Guard rescues all 4 crew members trapped in overturned cargo ship off Georgia," 9 Sep. 2019 While her daughter was employed from May through August, Lombard directly supervised her, including assigning and evaluating her work, approving her time cards and approving overtime, according to the consent order. Russell Blair, courant.com, "State employee fined for hiring daughter for temporary summer job," 9 Sep. 2019 Mahindra donated one to the city of Auburn Hills, and Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources is evaluating another. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Jeep-like ATV looks like a toy — but Mahindra means business," 31 Aug. 2019 Vega said the District Attorney’s Office is still evaluating any potential legal action on the letters. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, "Nearly a year after conviction, son sentenced in San Jose parent murders," 30 Aug. 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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