evaluate

verb
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

evaluation \ i-​ˌval-​yə-​ˈwā-​shən How to pronounce evaluation (audio) , -​yü-​ˈā-​ \ noun
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

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The Legendary and Universal movie, budgeted at $129 million, casts Johnson as a wounded veteran turned building safety expert brought to Hong Kong to evaluate a massive new building. Chris Thilk, The Hollywood Reporter, "Dwayne Johnson's 'Skyscraper' Sells Itself as an Action Throwback," 13 July 2018 Nothing was found, and Collins wasn’t asked to evaluate any other caves or sinkholes on the property. John Tedesco, San Antonio Express-News, "City halts construction project over endangered species concerns," 3 July 2018 Volunteers were required to be in a romantic heterosexual relationship and were paid $2 each to evaluate the pairs of gifts. The Economist, "A paradox at the heart of gift-giving," 28 June 2018 The National Weather Service is expected to send a survey team Thursday to evaluate the damage and confirm whether strong winds or a tornado caused the damage. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "6 people injured after strong storms sweep through Pennsylvania," 14 June 2018 After being evaluated, we were honored to be invited to join this exclusive organization. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... Winvian Farm," 19 Feb. 2019 But states are reluctant—and in some cases even hostile—to enlist outside help in evaluating their election system security. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "The ugly truth about voting security: States won’t fix it," 6 Nov. 2018 Martinez said the administration would have to evaluate whether an outside service would be a cost-savings for the jail. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "County aims to outsource food service for jail, juvenile center," 20 June 2018 But read them with a skeptical eye, because there’s no way to evaluate the credibility of the posters. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Companies Hire on Potential—If Only They Knew What That Meant," 12 Mar. 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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evaluate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of evaluate

: to judge the value or condition of (someone or something) in a careful and thoughtful way

evaluate

verb
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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