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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There was one substantial adjustment for the pandemic: a judge ruled that voters who had returned a mail ballot without a signature could fix that issue until 5 p.m. on the fifth day after the election. CBS News, "The Arizona GOP's Maricopa County audit: What to know about it," 8 May 2021 An Illinois circuit court judge recently ruled that the state’s requirement of a license to own a gun is unconstitutional, at least when applied to someone keeping a firearm at home. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: An Illinois court takes an extreme view of the Second Amendment," 7 May 2021 The family will now be able to view less than 20 minutes of the nearly two hours of video footage that was recorded before and after the 42-year-old Black man was fatally wounded, the judge ruled. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Andrew Brown Jr. shooting: Judge limits body camera footage that family can see," 7 May 2021 The judge ruled against her in the suit, which was filed on her behalf by Cohen & Wolf’s Danbury office. Jon Lender, courant.com, "Jon Lender: Susan Bysiewicz settles lawsuit in which she was defendant before being elected lieutenant governor," 7 May 2021 The judge ruled against Newsom, but the decision did not affect the election because the California Legislature voted in favor of the vote-by-mail policy after Newsom’s order. Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, "State appeals court upholds Gov. Newsom’s emergency powers during pandemic," 5 May 2021 Should he be released, a judge ruled that Duggar will not be able to go home to his pregnant wife and kids. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump's Facebook ban, a meteor shower, Cinco de Mayo: 5 things to know Wednesday," 5 May 2021 Riser was released from jail last month after a judge ruled that he could not be held further because police did not have enough evidence to keep him behind bars. Lauren Mcgaughy, Dallas News, "Bail bill backed by governor passes Texas House," 4 May 2021 Protesters have demanded bodycam footage of the shooting be released, but a judge ruled it won't be made public for 30 days. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for May 3: Coronavirus, India, Afghanistan, North Korea, San Diego," 3 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tasters will judge and vote for people's choice in each category. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Grilling competition returns to northern Michigan resort," 8 May 2021 Millions of unforgiving fans judge every flaw in your performance. Kumar Mehta, Forbes, "How To Stand Out From The Crowd – Lessons From An NFL Star," 6 May 2021 When all of the entries are received, the Alabama State Nursing Association will judge them and determine the top 10 nurses in the state. Haley Laurence | Hlaurence@al.com, al, "Nominate a healthcare hero for Alabama’s Top Nurses," 6 May 2021 For season 2, Jeremy Scott, creative director of Moschino, and fashion model and icon Winnie Harlow will judge the competition. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Making the Cut' Season 2 Is Changing Things Up in So Many Huge Ways," 5 May 2021 Puerto Rico’s status quo is yet another affront to democratic principles that history will judge the Democratic Party harshly for leaving unaddressed. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Vexing Question of Puerto Rican Statehood," 30 Apr. 2021 And viewers — to judge, say, by the affection for a character like Tony Soprano, whom creator David Chase took pains to point out was not a good person — tend to help them. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, "A glossy new TV series set out to criticize ugly Americans. Instead, it embodies them," 30 Apr. 2021 If the team doesn’t play well, and those picks end up being early in the first round where immediate impact players can be had, history will not judge Lynch and Shanahan kindly. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "No pressure, 49ers, just don't screw up your top 2021 NFL draft pick," 26 Apr. 2021 The court also will judge the finals of the Baker Cup Moot Court appellate advocacy competition at 1 p.m. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Pandemic popcorn, doctor’s notes, Red Lantern Award: News from around our 50 states," 19 Mar. 2021

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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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11 May 2021

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“Judge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judge. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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