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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The monitor is evaluating the department’s compliance with a federal consent decree that was reached between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice in 2017. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Board reviewing Baltimore Police Det. Sean Suiter's death plans to issue findings next month," 28 June 2018 The University of Louisville also said Schnatter resigned from its board of trustees, and that the school will evaluate the naming arrangement for Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. Candice Choi, Fox News, "Papa John's to take John Schnatter's face off its marketing materials," 13 July 2018 The University of Louisville also said Schnatter resigned from its board of trustees, and that the school will evaluate the naming arrangement for Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. Candice Choi, USA TODAY, "Papa John's to pull founder John Schnatter's image from marketing over racial slur," 13 July 2018 The Orlando Fire Department’s hazmat team evaluated the envelop and deemed there was nothing hazardous inside. David Harris, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Winter Park Police headquarters evacuated for suspicious package," 13 July 2018 HomeArea’s main rankings only evaluated Illinois cities with more than 60,000 residents. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora ranked 4th in shortest commute among Illinois cities," 12 July 2018 Officials are still evaluating the signatures to determine whether the measure will qualify for the ballot. Ricardo Cano, azcentral, "Name-calling begins in battle over #InvestInEd ballot measure," 12 July 2018 Twenty-seven automotive writers evaluated 26 vehicles at the Ridge Motorsports Park near Shelton, Wash., during the annual event, which is put on by the Northwest Automotive Press Association. Tom Voelk, New York Times, "26 Vehicles Played in the Mud. Here’s the Dirt.," 12 July 2018 According to Nestel, the Special Victims Unit will evaluate if the man is believed to be associated with Tuesday’s assault. Kelly Brennan, Philly.com, "Police, SEPTA investigating sexual assault at City Hall station," 4 July 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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