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

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Other Words from judge

Noun

judgeship \ ˈjəj-​ˌship How to pronounce judgeship (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An emergency hearing in that portion of the case has already been held and a judge ruled that the girl would remain in state custody. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Alabama grandmother livestreamed man performing sex acts on 1-year-old daughter, sheriff says," 12 May 2020 In October, a judge ruled that Giuffre’s case could move forward. Jordan Fabian, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Adds Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr to Impeachment Legal Team," 12 May 2020 In a 59-page complaint, the group has asked a federal judge to appoint a special master to oversee the facility at the home’s expense to ensure that residents there are safe. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, "The State Attorney General Is Scrutinizing This Assisted Living Facility Over Its Handling of COVID-19. Some Residents Are Suing It, Too.," 8 May 2020 Andy Beshear issued a new travel ban on Wednesday to combat COVID-19 in response to a federal judge's ruling earlier this week that knocked down the previous prohibition. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Gov. Andy Beshear issues new travel ban with 'tweaks' after previous one struck down," 6 May 2020 In addition, Shelley Luther was fined $7,000 for continuing to operate her business, Salon ... la Mode, in violation of a judge's temporary restraining order issued against the business. Lavendrick Smith, Anchorage Daily News, "Dallas salon owner jailed for reopening in violation of court order," 6 May 2020 The Voice tried something brand new this year before getting into the live shows — a four-way knockout challenge between one singer from each judge's team, with only one going through to the next round. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The Voice' Fans Are Going Off About the Four-Way Knockout Round," 3 May 2020 Even after sexist arguments by the U.S. Soccer Federation led to the resignation of their president, a federal judge has officially dismissed the U.S. Women's Soccer Team's wage discrimination claims. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "The U.S. Women's Soccer Team Speaks Out After Judge Dismisses Their Wage Discrimination Claims," 2 May 2020 The Hidalgo County Emergency Service Foundation had asked a bankruptcy judge to require the SBA to instruct all lenders administering the loans that there is no exclusion from the program because of a bankruptcy. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Bankrupt San Antonio-area business sues SBA over rejected coronavirus relief loan," 28 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The last hurdle in Saudi Arabia’s embrace of arts and music may be from within: the fear of being judged for having a good time. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Art in the forbidden zone: Inside the Saudi cultural awakening," 27 May 2020 The crisis has almost certainly changed what at least some voters will consider in judging the candidates. Adam Nagourney, New York Times, "Campaigning in a Crisis: Obama, McCain and the 2008 Meltdown," 26 May 2020 In 1997, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda—an international court established by the UN in 1994 to judge people responsible for the genocide – indicted Kabuga for his role. Jonathan Beloff, Soas, Quartz Africa, "Why France’s arrest of a high-profile Rwandan genocide suspect won’t end with a trial in Kigali," 21 May 2020 Instead, the work itself — including watercolors, sculpture and textile pieces — had to be brought to the league’s King William museum space for judging. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Art League’s 90th juried show is online only," 19 May 2020 That outcome is consistent with how voters have judged incumbent presidents in other elections. Joshua Green, Bloomberg.com, "Coronavirus Hits at the Worst Possible Time for Trump’s Reelection," 1 May 2020 There is no grace period for judging the wisdom of Arizona State point guard Remy Martin’s decision to declare for the NBA draft. Kent Somers, azcentral, "No questioning Remy Martin's impact on ASU basketball after guard's NBA draft declaration," 30 Mar. 2020 Mary Heathcott, executive director of Blue Star Contemporary, judged the competition, choosing 60 works from a field of 450. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "Azul Barrientos, YOSA among San Antonio musicians playing virtual concerts this weekend," 12 May 2020 By comparison, more than 300 whiskeys were judged. ***** RECIPES Lisa Reissmann of The Shinery Moonshine Company, Appleton, recommends this recipe, which was easy to find online. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "100 years after Prohibition, moonshine escapes its back-roads origins," 5 May 2020

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

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Last Updated

16 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Judge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judge. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for judge

judge

noun
How to pronounce judge (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of judge

 (Entry 1 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

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

: to form an opinion about (something or someone) after careful thought
: to regard (someone) as either good or bad
: to make an official decision about (a legal case)

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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