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

The Fort Worth judge concluded in December that wiping out the penalty undermined the ACA’s constitutional basis and invalidated the whole law. Laurel Brubaker Calkins, BostonGlobe.com, "Obamacare court fight pits blue states against red ones — plus Trump," 9 July 2019 Attorneys for the family of Drew Peterson’s slain third wife are asking a Will County judge to reconsider his April decision to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit against the former Bolingbrook police sergeant. Christy Gutowski, chicagotribune.com, "Family of Drew Peterson’s ex-wife seeks to resurrect wrongful death lawsuit against convicted ex-Bolingbrook cop," 9 July 2019 Now Wyoming legislators, regulators, and judges show every sign of sleepwalking into another round of the same issues. David Roberts, Vox, "Coal left Appalachia devastated. Now it’s doing the same to Wyoming.," 9 July 2019 The timing of the New York indictment against Epstein was unexpected, coming as a Florida judge mulled what to do about the government's violation of the Crime Victims' Rights Act. Curt Anderson, sun-sentinel.com, "After arrest, Jeffrey Epstein challenges victims in Florida court," 9 July 2019 In his latest disciplinary case, Vicary reached an agreement with the medical board to surrender his license rather than present the case before an administrative law judge, said Carlos Villatoro, a board spokesman. Leila Miller, latimes.com, "Psychiatrist who admitted altering notes in Menendez brothers’ murder trial in the ’90s surrenders license," 9 July 2019 Local judges have ruled that the new law, limiting when an accomplice to a fatal crime can be charged with murder, is unconstitutional — and their rulings are certainly on their way to California’s Supreme Court, Alexei Koseff reports. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: To get out of a life sentence, location matters," 9 July 2019 Those states won a sweeping ruling last December from a Texas federal judge who invalidated the entire ACA, finding that Congress rendered the health... Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Fate of Affordable Care Act to Be Considered in Court," 9 July 2019 Three judges from that court will hear Tuesday's argument. Pete Williams, NBC News, "Federal judges weigh fate of Obamacare as Trump tries to gut the law," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Known as Vespersaurus, this bipedal carnivorous walked upright on both legs using its three-toe feet, but shifted its weight almost entirely to one toe, judging by fossilized footprints discovered in the 1970s. Fox News, "Mysterious carnivorous dinosaur likely walked on a single toe," 9 July 2019 When Love isn’t being attacked for her addiction issues, she is being judged for her parenting. Lisawhill, Longreads, "Live Through This: Courtney Love at 55," 9 July 2019 Students competing at the international fair came from 80 countries, regions, territories, and from across the United States, and were judged in 22 different categories. San Diego Union-Tribune, "County science/engineering students do well at international fair," 5 July 2019 Yet, judging by the latest spate of collaborations showcased during the recent spring 2020 European men’s fashion shows, the two disciplines are cozier than ever. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Trick Fashion Designers Use to Stay on Top," 1 July 2019 Kushner too believes monetary incentives can appeal to Palestinians in the occupied territories, judging by the first glimpse at his proposal to resolve the intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Joseph Hincks / Hebron, Time, "Palestinians Are Not Buying What Jared Kushner Is Selling," 30 June 2019 His answer seemed to satisfy Maddow, Todd and, judging by the clapping, the audience. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "8 takeaways from Buttigieg's performance at Thursday's Democratic debate," 28 June 2019 That remains unclear, judging by the public sample group. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: The President Is Running for President, FYI," 23 June 2019 To judge by the reaction on social media, this innocent-seeming event caused much fury in the Muscovite camp and much pleasure in the opposing one. Erasmus, The Economist, "The gift of overcoming barriers eludes the world’s Orthodox Christians," 15 June 2019

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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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