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
Recent Examples on the Web After individuals, small business, or communities fill out a form about their situation, Architects Assist will evaluate their request and connect them with the most suitable architecture or design studio that’s available to assist them. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Architects Are Offering to Help Rebuild Homes for People Who Lost Theirs in Australia," 9 Jan. 2020 Manufacturers will be evaluating and releasing which specific models are impacted, and just because an automaker's name is on this list does not mean any of its products will be recalled in the near future. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "10 Million More Takata Airbags Recalled from 14 Automakers," 8 Jan. 2020 If your dog is afraid of fireworks, the first step is to have your veterinarian evaluate him or her, especially if your dog's noise sensitivity is relatively new. Popular Science, "Six ways you can ease your dog’s fear of fireworks," 31 Dec. 2019 By last week, out of about 10,000 children possibly affected by water, the center received 1,984 referrals and had evaluated only 283 children, said Lauren Tompkins, vice president of clinical operations and director of the NCE. Rochelle Riley, Freep.com, "Flint boy was suspended, sent home from school 50+ times. His mom blames water crisis.," 13 Dec. 2019 To evaluate how well these mature brain organoids modeled human brains, the researchers then compared the organoids’ brain waves to electroencephalograms (EEGs, brain scans) of premature babies. Thiago Arzua, Smithsonian, "Miniature Brains Recently Sent Out Brain Waves for the First Time," 13 Dec. 2019 Goldman Sachs is evaluating interest, but trade wars may put a brake on the plan by weighing on the valuation for Port Akdeniz, a key facility for Turkey’s world-leading marble exports. Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg.com, "Cruise Giant Hunts for Asia Ports as Chinese Take to the Seas," 8 Dec. 2019 Investigating, the idea of the logical path to do a criminal investigation, evaluating evidence: All of that sort of really did play to the training. Stephen Humphrey, Science | AAAS, "How real-world science sets The Expanse apart from other sci-fi shows," 6 Dec. 2019 The county may evaluate certain intersections to determine if infrastructure could be improved to make the road safer for bicyclists and walkers, according to Stewart. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll County takes ‘big step’ toward establishing network of bike-pedestrian paths, official says," 6 Dec. 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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The first known use of evaluate was in 1842

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20 Jan 2020

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“Evaluate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evaluator. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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 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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a feeling of well-being or elation

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