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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Each backpack was evaluated using the same 35-pound load of overnight gear: sleeping bag and pad, tent, cooking kit, food, clothes, and accessories; then carried it for at least five continuous miles. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018 The center will evaluate future programming based on how popular the new hours are, Kelsven said. David Gleisner, Daily Southtown, "Homewood Science Center to open Wednesdays, Saturdays," 10 July 2018 The criteria for evaluating employee recordings is unclear, as are several major details about the proposal, such as how long the recordings would be kept on file and whether outside parties could access them. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Walmart patents audio surveillance technology to record customers and employees," 13 July 2018 These new voices could bring new questions, new ways of seeing situations, and new methods for evaluating evidence to the process of policymaking. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "How a volcano scientist set out to change American politics," 7 June 2018 Symptoms lasting longer than a month, however, are generally considered PTSD and should be evaluated by a mental health professional. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "What Is PTSD? Ariana Grande Says She's Still Suffering One Year After Manchester Bombing," 6 June 2018 Understanding why and how the WUI expands is critical for evaluating wildfire-management policies, especially given the tremendous economic burden such fires impose. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "Living on the Edge: Wildfires Pose a Growing Risk to Homes Built Near Wilderness Areas," 22 May 2018 State law required the department to re-evaluate what alternative tests and scores could be used as alternatives to FSA. Leslie Postal, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida poised to make some graduation test rules tougher," 16 May 2018 The central government often uses inspections as a way to evaluate local officials and get top-level directives across. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "China’s Effort to Control Debt Loses Steam," 12 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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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 \
evaluated; evaluating

Kids Definition of evaluate

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

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to express warning or disapproval

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