judge - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlejudging
past tensejudged
past participlejudged
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to form an opinion about something after considering all the details or facts
    judge someone/something on something:

    Schools are judged on their exam results.

    judge something by something:

    Judged by modern standards, this was a cruel thing to do.

    judge something from something:

    The firm’s success can be judged from its growing sales.

    judge someone/something (to be) something:

    The water was judged to be of good quality.

    judge it best/right/necessary etc:

    Mary judged it best not to say anything.

    judge what/whether/when etc:

    It’s difficult to judge what kind of impression we made.

    judge that:

    He judged that someone must have been in the house.

    judge for yourself (=form your own opinion):

    I love it, but come along and judge for yourself.

    1. a.
      to form an opinion about an amount, distance, size etc by guessing

      You may lose the ability to judge distance accurately.

      judge someone/something to be something:

      Tony judged him to be about 35.

      judge how far/long/wide etc:

      It’s difficult to judge how long it will take.

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  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to decide who or what is the winner of a competition
    judge someone/something on something:

    The paintings will be judged on imagination and technique.

    judge something (to be) something:

    In the end, Dad’s cake was judged the winner.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to criticize someone because you think their moral behaviour is not very good

    It’s difficult not to judge people sometimes.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to decide whether or not someone is guilty in a court of law