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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from judge

Noun

judgeship \ ˈjəj-​ˌship How to pronounce judge (audio) \ noun

Verb

judger noun

Choose the Right Synonym for judge

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the judge also decreed that the Kinchlows could not live there. Los Angeles Times, "Behind the new show ‘Them’ is the ugly and true history of L.A.'s racist housing covenants," 27 Apr. 2021 The judge said, for example, that Cyber Ninjas is not required to ensure the political parties are equally represented in the recount process. Andrew Oxford, The Arizona Republic, "Judge concerned about protections for voters as Maricopa County audit continues," 27 Apr. 2021 The judge announced last week that his sentencing trial would take place in eight weeks. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "New York Times retiring term 'op-ed' as 'relic of an older age'," 26 Apr. 2021 The judge in the Gratz v. Bollinger case rules that the University of Michigan’s undergraduate admissions policy does not violate the standards set by the Supreme Court. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "Affirmative Action Fast Facts," 26 Apr. 2021 The judge said the 29-year-old mother of four from Middletown understood the charges and possible outcomes during her assessment. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Mother found competent to stand trial in killing of her 6-year-old son, James Hutchinson," 26 Apr. 2021 The judge said if such a situation were to arise, the students would be able to have their case expedited. Ronn Blitzer, Fox News, "Federal judge tosses lawsuit seeking to ban transgender students from girls sports," 26 Apr. 2021 While the jury voted 12-0 to give Lockhart life without parole, but the judge overruled the recommendation and sentenced Lockhart to death. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Lee County man loses appeal in 2008 murder of Auburn University freshman Lauren Burk," 26 Apr. 2021 While the judge in the Chauvin trial agreed to provide details on the jurors' race, that isn't always the case. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Anonymous jury in Derek Chauvin trial part of a growing trend that has some legal experts worried," 25 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Such is a longstanding argument given new currency by veteran federal appeals judge Laurence Silberman in a dissenting opinion already covered repeatedly in these pages. WSJ, "Must the Justices Create a Trustworthy Press?," 9 Apr. 2021 His lawyer, former Hamilton County prosecutor and judge Mike Allen, has repeatedly lobbied for his $4 million bond to be lowered. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "No bond for man accused in four rapes from the 1990s," 26 Mar. 2021 Gould has volunteered in the community as an adult Bible study teacher, baseball and football coach, and a finals judge for We the People competitive advocacy program. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Gould announces retirement," 13 Mar. 2021 When a company goes public through an I.P.O., the law limits it from making meaningful financial projections, so investors must rely on the company’s past performance to judge how much its stock is worth. New York Times, "How to Fix SPACs: Keep Their Backers Locked In Longer," 31 Mar. 2021 To judge by social media, which is gleefully free of dispassionate analysis, it’s the Dr. Oz residency that has really driven the viewership out on the ledge. John Anderson, WSJ, "What Is...‘Jeopardy!’ Without Alex Trebek?," 31 Mar. 2021 However, the pandemic is not yet over and to judge a country on its covid-fighting record is to focus on specific forms of good governance when circumstances of geography and genes make comparisons hard. The Economist, "Which is The Economist’s country of the year?," 16 Dec. 2020 In recent years, courts have adopted consumer prices as the sole standard to judge whether a market is too concentrated: As long as prices stay low, companies stay out of trouble. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "The case for regulating Amazon just like a railroad," 28 July 2020 So sit back, judge nothing and let the gears of jurisprudence grind toward some truth. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: No trade, no way, involving Deshaun Watson until lawsuits are resolved | Commentary," 22 Mar. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'judge.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about judge

Time Traveler for judge

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for judge

Last Updated

29 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Judge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judge. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for judge

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

More from Merriam-Webster on judge

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for judge

Nglish: Translation of judge for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of judge for Arabic Speakers

Comments on judge

What made you want to look up judge? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!