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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Still, if Neymar is charged, PSG will evaluate the seriousness of the charges. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Neymar's Social Media Response, Geography Add Layers to Rape Accusation," 4 June 2019 Neal appeared tired, struggled to keep her eyes open and slurred her speech after she was taken into custody and evaluated by medical experts, Gascón said. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Driver in San Francisco rampage was on depressants, DA says," 3 June 2019 Now that Lyft has held an initial public offering and Uber is preparing one, investors can evaluate each company’s audited statements. Howard Schilit, WSJ, "Do Ride-Sharing Customers Sit in Front?," 28 Apr. 2019 The Senate Ethics Committee would evaluate the claim and determine whether members should personally be on the hook. Li Zhou, Vox, "Congress’s recently passed sexual harassment bill, explained," 20 Dec. 2018 In my opinion, this is a miracle drug that needs to be evaluated and explored even further. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Six things you might be asking about hemp," 13 July 2018 The court, however, said the Legislature has a duty to re-evaluate the deadline. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "SJC upholds 20-day voter registration deadline in Mass.," 2 July 2018 The study will evaluate how well these methods, used together or separately, reduce the risk of Lyme when deployed on a neighborhood-wide scale. Melinda Wenner Moyer, Scientific American, "Tick Discovery Highlights How Few Answers We Have about These Bugs in the U.S.," 26 June 2018 Two children in the car were taken to the hospital to be evaluated as well. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Motorcyclist Dies In Hartford Collision, Police Say," 26 June 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 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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