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

Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie will all assume their posts as judges, while Ryan Seacrest hosts. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About 'American Idol' Season 17," 24 Feb. 2019 Both serve as judges on this season of the reality competition show X Factor. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who Is Princess Eugenie's Bridesmaid, Theodora Williams?," 12 Oct. 2018 The panel of celebrity judges tasked with guessing who the contestants are will remain the same. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Masked Singer' Season 2: Everything We Know So Far," 9 Feb. 2019 Then the three-judge panel’s ruling Tuesday revealed more details. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The mysterious grand jury appeal that may be tied to the Mueller investigation, explained," 19 Dec. 2018 But Charter's motion to dismiss the case was denied by the US District Court for the Central District of California, and the District Court's denial was upheld unanimously today by a three-judge panel at the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Charter, Comcast don’t have 1st Amendment right to discriminate, court rules," 19 Nov. 2018 So then Dilan appealed at the county level, and his appeal was unanimously denied by a panel of judges. Katie Halper, Teen Vogue, "Julia Salazar Explains Why She's Running for New York State Senate," 12 Sep. 2018 Michael Flynn isn’t going to prison — yet A federal judge delayed sentencing for Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser. German Lopez, Vox, "Vox Sentences: “You sold your country out”," 19 Dec. 2018 The young man wearing the suit could surely compete for awards at any costume contest, so long as the judges don't confuse him for a robot. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Dancing Robot at Russian Event Turns Out to Be a Man in a Costume," 12 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Speedos and sungas and thong bikinis are the seaside norm, no matter your body shape (nobody’s judging in Rio), and breezy, light and polychrome are the de facto wardrobe codes, day to night. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Rio de Janeiro, Right Now: 5 Reasons to Visit the Extraordinary Brazilian City," 19 Mar. 2019 Longtime host and judge Heidi Klum will not be returning to the show, however. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Here's the Real Reason Why Heidi Klum Left 'Project Runway'," 14 Mar. 2019 Others believed Jasper was its own kind of victim, unfairly judged for a crime that was randomly executed there. New York Times, "In Texas, a Decades-Old Hate Crime, Forgiven but Never Forgotten," 9 July 2018 Just like last year, the judging panel will consist of Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About 'American Idol' Season 17," 24 Feb. 2019 Because women can be judged more harshly than men in the kind of screen testing Lake describes, those early person-to-person interactions can help shape public perception. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "How did ‘likability’ become a thing for women in politics?," 18 Jan. 2019 At Chelsea, more than most English clubs, trophies are what managers are judged on. Steve Douglas, The Seattle Times, "Guardiola sends message to Liverpool as De Bruyne returns," 7 Jan. 2019 In times gone by, that kind of practice was scorned by industry critics who judged designer potential only on ability to scale. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "The Brexit Deadline Is Looming—Here’s How It Will Affect London Fashion Week," 14 Feb. 2019 No, not a directional compass, which could feasibly (and legally) be used to accurately judge wind direction. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "FORE Questions: Breaking Down the New PGA Tour Schedule," 12 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

noun

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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