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
Recent Examples on the Web Phoenix also will remain open daily and evaluate its schedule through the coming weeks. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "What to expect when movie theaters reopen in metro Detroit after seven months of shutdown," 9 Oct. 2020 First steps at the U will be to evaluate existing antibody tests and detection methods and to determine if other viral infections interfere with the results of some types of tests more than others. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "University of Minnesota to participate in national coronavirus antibody research," 8 Oct. 2020 As Amazon Prime Day approaches, Microsoft has implemented a price-comparison tool within Microsoft Edge to help shoppers evaluate the best deal. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft Edge and Bing add price comparisons in time for holiday shopping," 8 Oct. 2020 For now, supporters of the normal regulatory process are pinning their hopes on two advisory groups of respected scientists who will evaluate vaccines for safety and efficacy and send their recommendations to federal agencies. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, "Oregon among states to independently review COVID-19 vaccine from feds; experts raise red flags," 7 Oct. 2020 For now, supporters of the normal regulatory process are pinning their hopes on two advisory groups of respected scientists who will evaluate vaccines for safety and efficacy and send their recommendations to federal agencies. NBC News, "Some states plan to vet Covid-19 vaccines themselves. Bad idea, experts say.," 7 Oct. 2020 The team also must continue to work with the Cincinnati Health Department to allow the agency to evaluate compliance during games and whether any modifications are needed in the future. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, "Bengals are allowed to have 12,000 fans at Paul Brown Stadium going forward," 6 Oct. 2020 However, examining these top-performing funds and delving into their strategies and holdings can give investors insight into the way top-performing managers approach specific market opportunities and evaluate potential investments. Suzanne Mcgee, WSJ, "And the No. 1 Stock-Fund Managers Are…," 5 Oct. 2020 The feedback will help identify areas of weakness and help students evaluate their performance. Shellie Lister | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Take an online ACT test, shop gently used cookbooks or read with a club," 5 Oct. 2020

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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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18 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Evaluate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evaluate. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for evaluate

evaluate

verb
How to pronounce evaluate (audio)

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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