evaluate

verb
eval·​u·​ate | \ i-ˈval-yə-ˌwāt, -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 , -​yü-​ˈā-​ \ noun
evaluative \ i-​ˈval-​yə-​ˌwā-​tiv , -​yü-​ˌā-​ \ adjective
evaluator \ i-​ˈval-​yə-​ˌwā-​tər , -​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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But free online services like Facebook are harder to evaluate because there is no out-of-pocket cost to the user. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Economists calculate the true value of Facebook to its users in new study," 27 Dec. 2018 More than half of the debt issued with one rating was evaluated by S&P, compared with 38% for Moody’s and 5% for Fitch, according to the Municipal Market Analytics data. Gunjan Banerji And Heather Gillers, WSJ, "U.S. Cities Look to Shed Ratings While Taking On More Debt," 19 Dec. 2018 That's been a big topic of conversation for us in terms of trying to evaluate the moral worth of an action. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "The Good Place Creator Michael Schur on How He Made Philosophy a Pop Culture Phenomenon," 6 Dec. 2018 Three of the cases concerned minors under 15 and are currently being evaluated by Warsaw courts. Fox News, "Polish bishop apologizes to victims of clergy sex abuse," 27 Sep. 2018 Programs created by grant recipients nationwide will be evaluated by HUD to inform the federal effort to prevent and end youth homelessness. Gary Warth, sandiegouniontribune.com, "HUD grants $8M for San Diego to help homeless youths," 13 July 2018 Michael Riley, her attorney, said she was evaluated by a state psychologist and a report was expected. Jan Hefler, Philly.com, "'Just get out.' Mom warned daughter before her partner killed her," 8 July 2018 Any of these should be evaluated by a health care practitioner to judge whether treatment is necessary. Dipesh Navsaria, Houston Chronicle, "What parents should know to prevent — and deal with — bug bites," 6 July 2018 Those on board were evaluated by the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps personnel, and one person was taken to Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace, Allers said. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Harford school bus crashes in Havre de Grace, one student taken to hospital," 15 June 2018

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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 \
evaluated; evaluating

Kids Definition of evaluate

: to judge the value or condition of Our teacher is evaluating our math skills.

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