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 He had been arrested the previous year but was released by a judge. Beth Warren, courier-journal.com, "Who is El Mencho? He's the most powerful drug kingpin you've never heard of," 25 Nov. 2019 Allen’s case has been dismissed three times by a federal court judge, but last year the Ninth Circuit reversed that on appeal. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Former NBC Executive Reveals Comcast Failed To Help Minority-Owned TV Networks Succeed," 23 Nov. 2019 The judge sentenced Wenberg to a year and a day in federal prison, meaning Wenberg can earn time off for good behavior behind bars. oregonlive, "Morrow County’s ‘Man of the Year’ sentenced to federal prison for tax evasion," 22 Nov. 2019 Finally, the winners were announced, but not without wise and clever remarks from judges in each category. Vogue, "The 70th Annual National Book Awards Was A Surprisingly Boisterous Night," 21 Nov. 2019 The teen will appear before the judge Friday morning, according to the release. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "4th Boone County Schools threat this week: 15-year-old said he would 'shoot up the back of the bus'," 21 Nov. 2019 Less than an hour later, a judge sentenced him to the life term, plus 156 years, the mandatory sentence after prosecutors previously decided not to seek the death penalty. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "'Vicious, senseless': Patrick Frazee gets life sentence for killing fiancée, burning body," 19 Nov. 2019 After regrouping, Brown was able to master the dance with Bernsten, earning 27 out of 30 from the judges. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "DWTS' Hannah Brown Opens Up About Her Emotional Confrontation with Judge Carrie Ann Inaba," 19 Nov. 2019 Dressed in a romantic red gown, the former Fifth Harmony songstress sauntered across the floor with partner Sasha Farber, garnering a score of 29 out of 30 from the judges. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Ally Brooke Gets Nearly 'Perfect' Score With Viennese Waltz to Ed Sheeran Hit on 'DWTS'," 18 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Trump can't stop White House officials from testifying, judge rules A federal judge ruled late Monday that former White House counsel Don McGahn must obey a subpoena for his testimony issued by the House Judiciary Committee. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Don McGahn, a Supreme Court win for Trump and one 'tough as nails' 82-year-old: The Morning Rundown," 26 Nov. 2019 People loved Ayers, too, judging from the stories and hundreds of posts to the market’s Facebook page. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Jean Ayers’ food marked the Alabama seasons," 25 Nov. 2019 But there was little doubt, judging from the data, that infants are losing protection against the measles faster the expected. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Measles immunity passed from mother to baby may erode quicker than believed, study says," 21 Nov. 2019 Crozier lingered for two weeks as the CIA weighed next moves, judging from the tentative tone of the Havana station’s dispatches. USA Today, "JFK files: CIA spy in Cuba ‘befriended’ Castro, Che; played key role amid nuclear-war fears," 21 Nov. 2019 And her conclusions helped turn her into a steadfast if unlikely messenger of the idea that resumes and personal polish are outdated ways of judging a person’s qualifications. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "People are terrible judges of talent. Can algorithms do better?," 19 Nov. 2019 The answers, judging from the performance at the Kennedy Center, which these forces will bring to David Geffen Hall in New York on Sunday: yes and yes, with some caveats. New York Times, "Review: A Conductor and Soprano Test Wagnerian Waters," 14 Nov. 2019 Taking the Selena reins from J. Lo sounds like a challenge, but judging from this video, Serratos can definitely do the role justice. Glamour, "Netflix’s Selena Series: Everything We Know So Far," 12 Nov. 2019 But popular mobilisation was allowed to settle a juridical issue, and that shifted the terms by which the issue was judged thereafter. Sanaya Chandar, Quartz India, "How a 1980s TV soap did the spadework for Hindu nationalism," 8 Nov. 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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The first known use of judge was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Judge.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judged. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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