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 Despite their differences in styles, the coaching staff doesn't evaluate Cunningham or Pass differently. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Will Jawon Pass or Malik Cunningham start for Louisville football vs. Florida State?," 16 Sep. 2019 Firefighters evaluated everyone who was on the balcony and treated one person for minor injuries. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "Mountain View: At least one hurt in balcony collapse," 13 Sep. 2019 Integration evaluates how evenly a district’s diversity is spread across its schools. Washington Post, "How the nation’s growing racial diversity is changing our schools," 12 Sep. 2019 The research team evaluated driver quality from the 50 largest communities by population in Wisconsin, analyzing 2018 data from more than 49,000 insurance quotes from Wisconsin drivers using QuoteWizard. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menomonee Falls and Germantown rank top 5 for worst drivers in Wisconsin, according to QuoteWizard insurance," 9 Sep. 2019 As its main objective, the trial evaluated whether Nuplazid significantly delayed a relapse to psychosis. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Positive results bring early halt to trial of dementia psychosis drug Nuplazid," 9 Sep. 2019 The team evaluated height by taking into account both sitting height and leg length. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Shorter people are at a greater risk of Type 2 diabetes, study says," 9 Sep. 2019 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

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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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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of evaluate was in 1842

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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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