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 judge (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 In a recent appearance on the Today show, the upcoming Name That Tune judge told anchors Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush-Hager that his health is still a work in progress. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Randy Jackson's Weight-Loss and Health Journey in His Own Words," 7 Jan. 2021 Lambda Legal did not oppose the nomination of Patrick Bumatay, now the first openly gay judge on the 9th Circuit appeals court. NBC News, "Trump stacked courts with judges 'hostile' toward gays, rights group says," 6 Jan. 2021 That’s significant because class-action suits can include hundreds or thousands of plaintiffs, and certification means a judge has determined the case can go forward as a class-action. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "COVID-19 sparks more than 1,000 workplace-related lawsuits in 2020 as employees complain about safety, wages," 6 Jan. 2021 Notably, in September, a judge agreed that tell-all biography Finding Freedom can be used as part of the defense. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "New Date Set for Hearing in Meghan Markle's Legal Battle Over a Letter to Her Father," 6 Jan. 2021 The Financial Times was among the first to notice that showrunners for the TV program, a talent contest for entrepreneurs, had replaced Ma as a judge on the show in November shortly before filming its finale. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "Is Jack Ma missing? The rumors alone represent a chilling new message from Beijing," 5 Jan. 2021 Prosecutors can still recommend that a judge deny a defendant's release from jail in some instances. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "New Washtenaw County prosecutor will stop seeking cash bail," 4 Jan. 2021 Vincent, a native Australian prior to relocating to Tulsa, also let her sugar work and cake design prowess shine as a judge for The Great Australian Bake Off. Devon Ivie, Vulture, "Kerry Vincent, Food Network Star and Cake Expert, Dead at 75," 4 Jan. 2021 Klein served 50 years as a judge in California and wrote more than 500 judicial opinions. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, "Joan Dempsey Klein, a California appellate court judge and a champion of women’s rights, dies at 96," 3 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Thank you for teaching me how to forgive beings and give another chance, not to be so quick to judge and write off. Jordan Moreau, chicagotribune.com, "Rapper MF Doom dies at 49, his wife says. She posted news of his Oct. 31 death Thursday," 31 Dec. 2020 Thank you for teaching me how to forgive beings and give another chance, not to be so quick to judge and write off. NBC News, "Masked rapper MF Doom dies at 49," 31 Dec. 2020 Home viewers are more likely to be distracted and also may judge the movie more harshly than those who package it with a fun social excursion. Washington Post, "‘Wonder Woman 1984’ did fine in theaters, despite being available on HBO Max," 28 Dec. 2020 That law changed the name of a Limestone County post office to honor Scottsboro Boys judge James Horton. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Mo Brooks embraces controversy as he leads longshot fight for Trump," 28 Dec. 2020 From its first scene, the novel is conditioning its readers in how to watch and judge. Hillary Kelly, The New Yorker, "“The Age of Innocence” at a Moment of Increased Appetite for Eating the Rich," 26 Dec. 2020 Remember, before anyone points the finger at the church and calls them hypocrites, eventually God will judge all who do not repent and turn back to Him. The Rev. Mike Taylor, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Taylor: God will judge all, but He will also deliver us from evil | RELIGION COMMENTARY," 26 Dec. 2020 Willa dives deep into how Karens came to be and how the term has impacted the way Americans judge White women today. Eryn Mathewson, CNN, "These podcasts helped get us through some of 2020's most difficult conversations," 26 Dec. 2020 In a blockbuster ruling, a Franklin County common pleas judge on Monday blocked the start of House Bill 6′s nuclear bailout fee next month. cleveland, "Judge blocks state payments for House Bill 6 as Gov. Mike DeWine searches for a new PUCO chair: Capitol Letter," 22 Dec. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for judge

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

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Last Updated

11 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Judge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judge. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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