v. judged, judg·ing, judg·es
1. To form an opinion or estimation of after careful consideration: judge heights; judging character.
a. Law To hear and decide on in a court of law: judge a case.
b. To pass sentence on; condemn.
c. To act as one appointed to decide the winners of: judge an essay contest.
3. To determine or declare after consideration or deliberation: Most people judged him negligent in performing his duties as a parent.
4. Informal To have as an opinion or assumption; suppose: I judge you're right.
5. Bible To govern; rule. Used of an ancient Israelite leader.
1. To form an opinion or evaluation.
2. To act or decide as a judge.
1. One who judges, especially:
a. One who makes estimates as to worth, quality, or fitness: a good judge of used cars; a poor judge of character.
b. Law A public official who hears and decides cases brought in court.
c. Law A public official who hears and decides cases or matters in a forum other than a court, such as an administrative proceeding.
d. One appointed to decide the winners of a contest or competition.
a. A leader of the Israelites during a period of about 400 years between the death of Joshua and the accession of Saul.
b. Judges (used with a sing. verb) See Table at Bible.
[Middle English jugen, from Anglo-Norman juger, from Latin iūdicāre, from iūdex, iūdic-, judge; see deik- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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