judge

noun
\ˈjəj \

Definition of judge 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

judge

verb
judged; judging

Definition of judge (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from judge

Noun

judgeship \ ˈjəj-​ˌship \ noun

Verb

judger noun

Synonyms for judge

Synonyms: Noun

adjudicator, arbiter, arbitrator, referee, umpire

Synonyms: Verb

allow [chiefly Southern & Midland], believe, conceive, consider, deem, esteem, feel, figure, guess, hold, imagine, reckon [chiefly dialect], suppose, think

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Verb

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One has asked the judge to also consider the fact that all three men read and shared Russian propaganda on their Facebook feed designed to sow discord in the U.S. political system. Roxana Hegeman, The Seattle Times, "Kansas militia men blame Trump’s rhetoric for planned attack," 30 Oct. 2018 Delta Zac Posen is no stranger to versatility: The former Project Runway judge has dressed Rihanna, Michelle Obama, and even David’s Bridal customers. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Stylish Flight Attendant Uniforms," 15 Oct. 2018 Wu was an October 2016 Book of the Month Club guest judge, and has spoken in the past about authors like Marilynne Robinson, Jeffrey Eugenides, and David Foster Wallace. Vogue, "5 Things You Didn’t Know About Constance Wu," 15 Aug. 2018 Meanwhile, Special Counsel Robert Mueller asked a federal judge to give immunity to five people who may testify at former Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort’s trial on bank fraud charges, which starts next week. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: What Trump meant to say about Russia was ...," 18 July 2018 On Friday, the judge also ruled on a number of requests by the ACLU to increase oversight of the reunification process. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Trump administration outlines plan to reunify remaining 2,500 separated children," 14 July 2018 To date, the government has reunited about 600 minors, including more than 50 toddlers under the first deadline from the judge's ruling. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Rights group claims family separations continue at border, despite Trump's executive order," 13 July 2018 Approximately 1,600 judges at Social Security oversaw almost 700,000 cases last year. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, "Trump order risks ‘politicization’ of administrative judiciary," 13 July 2018 And on Wednesday, a judge in Manchester sentenced Coombes, now 63, to nine years in prison for the manslaughter of her father. Samantha Schmidt, Houston Chronicle, "She found her father's child porn images of herself, then killed him - and kept it secret for 12 years," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Dancers are judged on technique and variety, musicality and performance, and creativity and personality. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "A Breakdancing Underdog at 60," 3 Nov. 2018 Candidates are judged on a set of criteria relevant to their category, based on a standard five-point scale converted to a percentage: excellent, very good, good, fair, and poor. Condé Nast Traveler, "Readers' Choice Awards - Methodology," 9 Oct. 2018 That week-long competition is judged by scientists and draws competitors from dozens of countries. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "See Science Fair even if you’ve never entered one in your life," 16 Sep. 2018 But conservative state-building is never judged on the basis of results — a simple point that bears closer inspection. Kathleen Frydl, Vox, "Why we should abolish ICE — and the DEA too," 14 Aug. 2018 From the early 18th century onward, Lafite was judged one of the top four growths, along with Haut Brion, Margaux, and Latour—an opinion enshrined in the official classification of Bordeaux properties in 1855. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "A New Era Begins at Château Lafite as Baron de Rothschild Hands Leadership Over to His Daughter," 13 Aug. 2018 Bonnie feels judged and looked down on by her sister. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "2 adult daughters move back home, but only 1 pays rent," 12 July 2018 The cuts are then judged on technique and skill, workmanship, product innovation, overall finish and presentation. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Sacramento beats out Paris and Sao Paulo to host 2020 World Butchers’ Challenge," 11 July 2018 In addition to their on-track performance, the finalists are judged on their ability to help uphold and spread the legacy of Kulwicki, the late 1992 NASCAR champion from Greenfield. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Where racing will take him, Justin Mondeik can't be sure, but he's eager to follow the road," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of judge

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

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

History and Etymology for judge

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

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judge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of judge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to form an opinion about (something or someone) after careful thought

: to regard (someone) as either good or bad

law : to make an official decision about (a legal case)

judge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of judge (Entry 2 of 2)

law : a person who has the power to make decisions on cases brought before a court of law

: a person who decides the winner in a contest or competition

: a person who makes a decision or judgment

judge

verb
\ˈjəj \
judged; judging

Kids Definition of judge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to form an opinion after careful consideration I judged the distance badly.

2 : to act with authority to reach a decision (as in a trial)

3 : think sense 1 What do you judge is the best solution?

4 : to form an opinion of in comparison with others She judged pies at the fair.

judge

noun

Kids Definition of judge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a public official whose duty is to decide questions brought before a court

2 : a person appointed to decide in a contest or competition

3 : a person with the experience to give a meaningful opinion : critic He's a good judge of talent.

judge

verb
\ˈjəj \
judged; judging

Legal Definition of judge 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

noun

Legal Definition of judge (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

History and Etymology for judge

Verb

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

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