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 judge found this violation even though the Republic's articles had not identified anyone in the case. John D'anna, Arizona Republic, "A judge ruled The Republic had violated a court order in a controversial DCS case. Now, he has reversed that ruling," 12 Sep. 2019 In Ghosn’s case, the judge at a Jan. 8 hearing said his continued detention was due to flight risk and the risk of witness or evidence tampering. Washington Post, "Why Ghosn’s Back in Jail and What It Says About Japan," 18 Sep. 2019 The judge cut him off and the sentencing concluded. oregonlive, "Larry Hurwitz, the ‘Starry Night Murder,’ and a life of crime: Reporter Jim Redden on his years tracking a killer," 17 Sep. 2019 Again, the judge blocked it nationwide and said that the second asylum ban could not go into effect nationwide. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "An Immigration Attorney at the A.C.L.U. on Fighting Trump’s Asylum Ban," 17 Sep. 2019 On Monday, the judge overseeing that case removed Purdue as a defendant, the Associated Press reported. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "Purdue Pharma Responds to Wave of Opioids Litigation by Filing for Bankruptcy. What Happens Now?," 17 Sep. 2019 The company could operate with profits used to pay for the settlement, or the the judge could order it to be sold. Alex Connor, USA TODAY, "War with Iran? Trump would ‘like to avoid it’," 16 Sep. 2019 But now, a month later, the judges had abruptly reversed their decision, denying they had ever consented to dismiss such charges. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "Power of Attorney," 16 Sep. 2019 The judge told the migrants to return for their next hearing Oct. 16, and adjourned before noon. Los Angeles Times, "Tent courts open as latest hurdle for migrants seeking asylum in the U.S.," 16 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ryan Tedder, normally one-third of the Songland judging panel, sits with his OneRepublic bandmate Zach Filkins for the finale and has tunes presented to him for a change. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "'Songland' Season 1 Finale Recap: Ryan Tedder Lands a New OneRepublic Single," 12 Sep. 2019 But the American tech industry can now expect to get an even rougher ride in Europe, judging by the shape of the new European Commission, as unveiled yesterday by incoming Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. David Meyer, Fortune, "Europe’s Big Tech Offensive: CEO Daily," 11 Sep. 2019 Tuesday was a pivotal day in American history, judging from certain corners of the political commentariat. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Political Overreaction to Walmart’s P.R. Strategy," 5 Sep. 2019 Sapier said wines were judged from a field of more than 2,600 entries in the Sunset contest and the winners were showcased in Sunset magazine. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Vines & Wines: Rainy weather holds promise for robust harvest," 30 Aug. 2019 This one certainly mattered to the Katy players, judging by the sideline celebration. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "Katy grits out season-opening win over North Shore," 30 Aug. 2019 The kind man went on to explain that his lucky shipment would last only a few hours, judging by past weeks’ sales. Josie Sexton, The Know, "Popeyes’ viral chicken sandwich is gone (for now), but some Colorado locations still have a few," 27 Aug. 2019 And judging by her latest Instagram, the handsome designer has clearly left an impression. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kourtney Kardashian Is Clearly a Super Fan of This Handsome French Designer," 23 Aug. 2019 And judging from his success in 2019 alone, this mindset is worth adopting. Metanoya Z. Webb, Essence, "EXCLUSIVE: You'll Never Guess Idris Elba's Top Three Vacations of All Time," 14 Aug. 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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