Essential Meaning of judge
1 law : a person who has the power to make decisions on cases brought before a court of law a federal judge She's one of the strictest judges in the state.
2 : a person who decides the winner in a contest or competition He served as a judge at the baking contest. a panel of judges
3 : a person who makes a decision or judgment "These problems don't concern you." "I'll be the judge of that!" [=I'll decide if they concern me; I am not interested in your opinion] "I don't think we should trust her." "Let me be the judge of that."
Full 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
Definition of judge (Entry 2 of 2)
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
5 : to determine or pronounce after inquiry and deliberation They judged him guilty.
1 : to form an opinion
2 : to decide as a judge
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