judge

1 of 2

noun

: one who makes judgments: such as
a
: a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court
b
: one appointed to decide in a contest or competition : umpire
c
: one who gives an authoritative opinion
d
: critic
e
often capitalized : a tribal hero exercising leadership among the Hebrews after the death of Joshua
judgeship noun

judge

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verb

judged; judging

transitive verb

1
: to form an opinion about through careful weighing of evidence and testing of premises
2
: to form an estimate or evaluation of
trying to judge the amount of time required
especially : to form a negative opinion about
shouldn't judge him because of his accent
3
: to hold as an opinion : guess, think
I judge she knew what she was doing
4
: to sit in judgment on : try
judge a case
5
: to determine or pronounce after inquiry and deliberation
They judged him guilty.
6
: govern, rule
used of a Hebrew tribal leader

intransitive verb

1
: to form an opinion
2
: to decide as a judge
judger noun
Choose the Right Synonym for judge

infer, deduce, conclude, judge, gather mean to arrive at a mental conclusion.

infer implies arriving at a conclusion by reasoning from evidence; if the evidence is slight, the term comes close to surmise.

from that remark, I inferred that they knew each other

deduce often adds to infer the special implication of drawing a particular inference from a generalization.

denied we could deduce anything important from human mortality

conclude implies arriving at a necessary inference at the end of a chain of reasoning.

concluded that only the accused could be guilty

judge stresses a weighing of the evidence on which a conclusion is based.

judge people by their actions

gather suggests an intuitive forming of a conclusion from implications.

gathered their desire to be alone without a word

Examples of judge in a Sentence

Noun She's one of the strictest judges in the state. He served as a judge at the baking contest. “I don't think we should trust her.” “Let me be the judge of that.” She is a good judge of character. Verb You should not judge people by their appearance. He was trying to judge the strength of his opponent. We should do whatever we judge to be the right thing. Who are you to judge me? He feels that they have judged him unfairly. Don't judge her too severely. The jury will be asked to judge the defendant's guilt. If you are accused of a crime you have the right to be judged by a jury of your peers. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Dad's Place can continue serving as a warming shelter until at least March 4, when the judge in the case will consider its request for an injunction against the city. Claire Thornton, The Enquirer, 23 Feb. 2024 DeSantis’ visit to Disney World came three weeks after a federal judge in Tallahassee dismissed Disney’s free speech lawsuit against the governor and his appointees to the board of the governing district. Mike Schneider, Fortune, 23 Feb. 2024 In March, Madonna is scheduled to play five nights at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles, where fans expect the Material Girl to welcome more A-list judges to the stage. Melody Chiu, Peoplemag, 23 Feb. 2024 If a judge found the shooting to be a foreseeable event, then that could expose the commission to liability as well. David Hudnall, Kansas City Star, 23 Feb. 2024 In early 2021, a New York judge entered the $8.3 million judgement in favor of DVS, along with 9% post-judgment interest, eventually leading to the appointment of a receiver to collect on Peterson at his home in Texas. USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 The committee will be presided over by Satish Chandra, a former judge of the High Court of Allahabad, and will also have two independent directors of ZEEL, Uttam Prakash Agarwal and P. V. R. Murthy. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 23 Feb. 2024 The judge has ordered the documents in the case temporarily sealed but has set a court date for next week on the matter, TMZ reports. Kevin Dolak, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Feb. 2024 Debts up to almost $14,000 vary for 3 candidates each in House, judge races Six candidates for state offices have active state tax liens filed against them for amounts that range from about $1,286 to a total of nearly $14,000, according to state records. Michael R. Wickline, arkansasonline.com, 11 Feb. 2024
Verb
If governance is to be judged by the opportunities offered to the least advantaged then this is an indictment on the management of the English game. Zak Garner-Purkis, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 The majority reverses the presumption — judging the embryos protected in the absence of a legislative act to exclude them — as a more sensible reading of the text. The Editors, National Review, 23 Feb. 2024 Barrymore’s co-host Ross Mathews stepped in to judge the event and explain the rules: three rounds of burping — each different than the next — after which the true Burp Queen would be crowned. EW.com, 22 Feb. 2024 For more information about the Book Prizes, including the complete list of 2023 finalists and past winners; eligibility and judging information; and how to make a tax-deductible donation in support of the annual literary awards, go to latimes.com/BookPrizes. Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 2024 One party, the BJP, and within it, one man, the prime minister, are judged to represent India to itself and to the world. Ramachandra Guha, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Are they judged fairly, or does gender color the way they’re evaluated? Lila MacLellan, Fortune, 20 Feb. 2024 Both admit to sometimes hiding their friendship from family members or others who might judge. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2024 The parent company behind the event, Loving Cats Worldwide, has gained millions of views on social media platforms such as TikTok for publishing videos judging bengal, British shorthair and Persian breeds. Ishani Desai, Sacramento Bee, 11 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English juge, from Anglo-French, from Latin judex — see judge entry 2

Verb

Middle English juggen, from Anglo-French juger, from Latin judicare, from judic-, judex judge, from jus right, law + dicere to decide, say — more at just, diction

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of judge was in the 13th century

Dictionary Entries Near judge

Cite this Entry

“Judge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judge. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

judge

1 of 2 verb
judged; judging
1
: to form an opinion after careful consideration
2
: to decide as a judge : try
3
: to reach a conclusion about something : think

judge

2 of 2 noun
1
: a public official having authority to decide questions brought before a court
2
: a person appointed to decide in a contest or competition : umpire
3
: a person who is qualified to give an opinion : critic
judgeship noun
Etymology

Verb

Middle English juggen "to judge," from early French juger (same meaning), from Latin judicare "to judge," from judic-, judex "judge," from jus "right, law," and dicere "to say" — related to hoosegow, jury, just, prejudice

Legal Definition

judge

1 of 2 verb
judged; judging

transitive verb

1
: to hear and decide (as a litigated question) in a court of justice
judge a case
2
: to pronounce after inquiry and deliberation
he was judged incompetent

intransitive verb

: to make a determination : decide
judge between two accounts

judge

2 of 2 noun
: a public official vested with the authority to hear, determine, and preside over legal matters brought in court
also : one (as a justice of the peace) who performs one or more functions of such an official
Etymology

Verb

Old French jugier, from Latin judicare, from judic-, judex judge, from jus right, law + dicere to decide, say

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