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

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

The nearly 300 opinions Mr Kavanaugh wrote as an appellate judge contain few surprises. The Economist, "Brett Kavanaugh could shape the law for the next 40 years," 12 July 2018 His confirmation is complicated by an unusually long record as an appellate judge and as a George W. Bush administration official — and also his role as part of the Kenneth Starr investigation of President Bill Clinton. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Emotions high as Kavanaugh begins fight for confirmation," 10 July 2018 Bush appointed Kavanaugh as an appellate judge but his confirmation was held up by Democrats for three years. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Who Is Brett Kavanaugh? The Yale Grad Is Trump's Second Supreme Court Pick," 10 July 2018 Besides records from his 12 years as an appellate judge, Kavanaugh was a top adviser to President George W. Bush and worked for Kenneth Starr on the years-long Whitewater investigation into Bill and Hillary Clinton. Jennifer Jacobs And Mark Niquette, Houston Chronicle, "Trump making Supreme Court pick to cement conservative majority," 9 July 2018 The judges named the winner among five finalists Tuesday in Katy. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Katy father of two wins coveted prize for kolache creation," 13 July 2018 On July 5, two days after my brief conversation with her, the judge filed her eight-day report, which disclosed $100 in contributions and $45,325.85 in expenses (most of it for legal services). Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Paid sick leave issue is complicated for council," 13 July 2018 Robert Burns, the Wyandotte County judge overseeing the criminal case, was in agreement that the slide could come down. Steve Vockrodt And Lauren Fox, kansascity, "Schlitterbahn to tear down Verruckt water slide in KCK where young boy died in 2016," 12 July 2018 Perkins, who appeared before the judge via videoconference wearing a red jail jumpsuit, remains in Porter County Jail, where she was transported after Valparaiso police arrested her early Tuesday. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Judge enters not guilty plea for Valparaiso mom charged with neglect in daughter's death," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

District court judges primarily handle trial-level matters in federal court and appeals court judges review those decisions. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Jeff Flake says he won't stall Supreme Court pick over tariff dispute," 28 June 2018 This time, Bob and Jan Winter, the parents of the comedian Emily Winter, will be judging the sets of Mary Mack, Pedro Gonzalez, Martin Urbano, Ayo Edebiri and others. Kasia Pilat, New York Times, "7 Comedy Shows to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 Stateside audiences can judge for themselves on Sunday, June 8, when the production comes to cinemas, including at the Smith Rafael Film Center. Claudia Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Claudia Bauer’s dance pick," 5 July 2018 The parents of both young women judged a train conductor’s son of unsatisfactory social standing for their daughters. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, "The partisan world of Pablo Neruda," 2 July 2018 And, without a doubt, history and Americans should judge him harshly for it. Jason Johnson, The Root, "It’s Been a Lousy Week in Politics, and Some of It Is Obama’s Fault," 29 June 2018 Participants had to judge whether each dot was blue or not. Helen Shen, Scientific American, "The Despondent Mind: Are Our Brains Wired for Doom and Gloom?," 28 June 2018 In the 24-page order, Sabraw judged that children could only be separated at the border if adults with them were found to pose a danger to the children. Anchorage Daily News, "Federal judge bars separation of migrant children, orders family reunification," 27 June 2018 While critics loved it (judging by the 91 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes), fans were split. Marc Bernardin, The Hollywood Reporter, "Toxic Fandom Is Killing 'Star Wars'," 11 June 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

Verb

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

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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

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