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noun [countable] judge pronunciation in American English /dʒʌdʒ/
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  1. 1
    someone whose job is to make decisions in a court of law

    The district judge sentenced her to ninety days in prison.

    The judge dismissed their claim for compensation.

    An appeals court judge found him innocent.

    go before a judge:

    She was to go before a judge the next morning.

    1. a.


      used as a title before the name of a judge

      Judge Hyam ruled that the evidence was inadmissible.

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    See also magistrate
  2. 2
    someone who decides who the winner of a competition will be

    All entries will be examined by a panel of judges.

    1. a.
      someone who decides what action is correct when there is a disagreement

      The referee is the sole judge of the rules.


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