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

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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Reviewed’s financial, business, and travel experts evaluated credit cards—comparing benefits, yearly fees, rewards programs, and more—to find the best option for typical stages in your life. Reviewed Staff, USA TODAY, "The best credit cards of 2019," 19 June 2019 The board could re-evaluate that price in the middle of next year. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Ferry service to Chase Center for Warriors games gains momentum with proposal," 19 June 2019 The camp, which runs from June 27 to June 30, gives the team a chance to work with its younger players and evaluate its talent through on-ice and off-ice workouts. Christian Simmons, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida Panthers to hold development camp open to fans," 19 June 2019 Using owner observations and statistical analysis, the team hopes to continue evaluating the role environment and genetics play in feline behavior. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Your Cat’s Attitude Actually Is Closely Linked to Its Breed, Survey Shows," 19 June 2019 Korban suggested Tuesday the study may evaluate whether customer bill collections might also fund drainage in the future. Beau Evans, nola.com, "More steps ahead for New Orleans to spend its ‘fair share’ infrastructure money," 19 June 2019 The data comes from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, a no-fault system begun in 1988 after federal law established it as the place where claims of harm from vaccines must be filed and evaluated. New York Times, "Vaccine Injury Claims Are Few and Far Between," 18 June 2019 Larson said her son had recently been evaluated for potential mental health issues. oregonlive.com, "Mother of double murder suspect says her son knew one of the victims," 18 June 2019 If Durant had concerns about his care, the outside physician, who according to Kerr had no ties to the Warriors, should have been able to address those concerns and objectively evaluate recommendations by the Warriors’ medical staff. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Kevin Durant's Achilles Injury and the Potential Legal Implications," 17 June 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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