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 That case asked a judge to decide whether Kupperman had to comply with a subpoena from the House or a competing directive from the White House to not testify. BostonGlobe.com, "Mulvaney won’t sue over impeachment, declines to cooperate - The Boston Globe," 12 Nov. 2019 Schober said the family, which has not discussed their feelings about George's limbo status, can only wait as the case is adjudicated and a judge decides if the county's decision should stand. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha County told them to euthanize their dog or move him after 2 family members got hurt. They sued instead.," 11 Nov. 2019 As lawyers for the plaintiffs prepare to respond to the Department of Juvenile Justice’s motion to dismiss the case, a federal judge last month allowed the separate lawsuit challenging the Department of Corrections’ confinement policies to continue. Ana Ceballos, orlandosentinel.com, "Civil-rights groups sue over solitary confinement rules in Florida prisons, juvenile detention centers," 11 Nov. 2019 Knight met Burns, from Austin, through a former county judge and liked his ideas. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Commissioners court making plans for new sheriff’s office," 11 Nov. 2019 Skokie officials have appealed a federal judge’s September decision to dismiss their lawsuit against Evanston over water rates that Skokie officials have called discriminatory and a violation of residents’ rights. Genevieve Bookwalter, chicagotribune.com, "After judge’s dismissal, Skokie appeals federal lawsuit over Evanston water rates," 9 Nov. 2019 The court refers the dispute for mediation by a three-member panel headed by FMI Kallifulla, a former SC judge. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "A timeline of a land dispute that has ripped India’s heart apart over seven decades," 9 Nov. 2019 But that does not necessarily mean the federal patents are invalid; that is one of the key questions a judge will have to decide. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Untangling the Trump administration’s lawsuit over an HIV prevention drug," 8 Nov. 2019 This summer, a federal judge cleared the way to extend the runway at Tweed, critical to any expansion. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "State ‘desperately needs good regional airport in south central Connecticut,’ Gov. Ned Lamont says. Will it be Tweed New Haven or Sikorsky Memorial?," 8 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Apple’s track record for long development of paradigm-shifting products means experts will likely wait and see rather than rush to judge. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Apple Is Entering the AR Fray," 11 Nov. 2019 American Legion Carroll Post 31 announced the winners of this year’s Westminster Halloween Parade, judged by the GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Westminster. Carroll County Times Staff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Westminster Halloween Parade results announced," 6 Nov. 2019 But in the interest of public service, if Elway is being judged by his record picking quarterbacks (not good since Manning retired), that, combined with the Broncos’ record (9-7, 5-11, 6-10 and 3-6) since 2016, should make his seat warm. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Mailbag: Does John Elway really think Drew Lock is being helped by not playing?," 5 Nov. 2019 The season’s success will be judged by what happens against rivals Michigan State (Nov. 16) and Ohio State (Nov. 30), and don’t overlook surprising Indiana in between – but Michigan has been better of late. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Football Four: Top 5 unchanged, but Oregon, Utah and Georgia move into prime position," 3 Nov. 2019 Although judging panels have attempted to award the prize to two authors in years since, none have succeeded until now. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo Win the 2019 Booker Prize," 18 Oct. 2019 Attendance is judged by how quickly the trash cans fill up. CBS News, "The Idle: An oasis in the midst of traffic," 13 Oct. 2019 Graduates of the former Woodrow Wilson High School called on the board to keep the history and legacy of their fellow alumni alive and said Wilson, who was a segregationist, should not be judged by 21st Century standards. Kathleen Mcwilliams, courant.com, "Middletown school board votes to send Beman Middle School name to common council for approval," 3 Oct. 2019 The last thing anyone from either organization wants to do is make a bold public statement and then be judged by that declaration for the rest of the season. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "The Lakers and Clippers Need to Have More Fun With Their Rivalry," 30 Sep. 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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15 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for judge

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

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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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