eval·​u·​a·​tion i-ˌval-yə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce evaluation (audio)
plural evaluations
: the act or result of evaluating
a situation that requires careful evaluation
: determination of the value, nature, character, or quality of something or someone
What's your evaluation of her writing ability?
a patient undergoing psychiatric evaluation
The CIA described my evaluation of the situation as "sound, perceptive and very much in line with our own."Robert S. McNamara
Only 24 states require any kind of testing or evaluation for homeschooled students …Andrew J. Rotherham
As part of a standard evaluation, patients are given a series of tests …Jerome Groopman

Examples of evaluation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The alleged victim was transported to the hospital for an evaluation by the fire department. Cheryl Higley, cleveland, 17 Sep. 2023 Policy changes on paving come as San Diego nears completion of the first comprehensive evaluation since 2016 of the pavement quality on every city street. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Sep. 2023 Person in Florida dies after brain-eating amoeba infection, possibly due to sinus rinse with tap water, health officials warn Multiple samples from the pool and splash pad were sent to the CDC for evaluation, the release said. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, 15 Sep. 2023 One tension point is a change to the high school evaluations. Talia Richman, Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2023 The country has outlawed handguns, and while civilians may purchase shotguns and air rifles, the process to obtain a firearm license is extensive, involving a class, a written test and a shooting-range test among other evaluations. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 14 Sep. 2023 In addition to the final evaluation, the committee also approved a new admission policy for Madison Park Vocational Technical High School. Christopher Huffaker, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Sep. 2023 Among the most concerning evaluations are the flows of phosphorus and nitrogen, which are both widely used as crop fertilizers and freely run out into ecosystems, wreaking havoc by, for example, triggering dangerous algal blooms. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 13 Sep. 2023 However, paramedics advised that all children be transported to the local hospital for evaluation as a precaution. Lilly Price, Baltimore Sun, 11 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1622, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of evaluation was circa 1622

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“Evaluation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evaluation. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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