judge

noun
\ ˈjəj How to pronounce judge (audio) \

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

Other Words from judge

Noun

judgeship \ ˈjəj-​ˌship How to pronounce judge (audio) \ noun

Verb

judger noun

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kanzari, a juvenile court judge, is protesting being dismissed from his post last month after President Kais Saied issued a decree on June 1 that gave himself the power to fire judges. Mohamed Bliwa, Washington Post, 30 July 2022 At least 75% of Perry County had significant damages to homes and bridges, county judge Scott Alexander told CNN on Thursday. Aya Elamroussi And Andy Rose, CNN, 30 July 2022 The university has argued – and a district judge agreed – that the elimination of the swimming teams left it with percentages of men’s and women’s athletes that were close enough to its male and female enrollments to satisfy the law. Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY, 30 July 2022 However, Twitter’s lawyers pushed for a sooner trial, with the Delaware Court of Chancery judge electing to begin proceedings in roughly three months’ time. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 29 July 2022 Clark appeared before a judge Friday in Boston federal court. CBS News, 29 July 2022 The dislate also includes Hopkins, who is African American, and currently a judge on the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Wayne Baker, The Enquirer, 29 July 2022 Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that retired judge Sue L. Robinson is not issuing a ruling Friday on Watson’s disciplinary hearing that concluded a month ago. Rob Maaddi, ajc, 29 July 2022 Under the proposal, family members, behavioral healthcare providers and first responders could ask a civil judge to initiate a CARE plan for eligible individuals who lack the ability to make that decision for themselves. Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some paintings seem to glow like stained glass, at least to judge by photos of them. Steven Litt, cleveland, 31 July 2022 To judge from the likes of a Black playwright like Alice Childress, the loss was incalculably large. New York Times, 8 June 2022 To answer the obvious question: The Stones are still a fantastic live act, to judge by their June 5 show at Olympiastadion in Munich, the second of this tour. Rob Levine, Billboard, 6 June 2022 As a former ranch rider and New Mexico native, Bingham is more than qualified to judge a great margarita. Hannah Jones, Country Living, 1 May 2022 But maybe its critics have all been a little hasty to judge so hard. Abigail Gruskin, The Atlantic, 6 Apr. 2022 To judge by the names associated with it and the pieces published on the journal's first day in business, the answer is: full-spectrum antiliberalism. Damon Linker, The Week, 22 Mar. 2022 If personhood and the ability to think are the criteria by which to judge whether a sound is music, then music is a multiplicity encompassing the many forms of personhood and cognition in the living world. David George Haskell, Wired, 8 Mar. 2022 There have been many seasons when Utah’s gymnastics team could judge itself by its meets against UCLA, a program that boasts seven national titles and 40 individual titles. The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for judge

judge

verb
\ ˈjəj How to pronounce judge (audio) \
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 How to pronounce judge (audio) \
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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