Definition of "judge" [judge]

  • To form an opinion or estimation of after careful consideration: judge heights; judging character. (verb-transitive)
  • Law To hear and decide on in a court of law; try: judge a case. (verb-transitive)
  • Obsolete To pass sentence on; condemn. (verb-transitive)
  • To act as one appointed to decide the winners of: judge an essay contest. (verb-transitive)
  • To determine or declare after consideration or deliberation. (verb-transitive)
  • A public official with authority to hear cases in a court of law and pronounce judgment upon them (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A person who is appointed to determine the result of contests or competitions (noun)
  • A person qualified to comment critically (noun)
  • A leader of the peoples of Israel from Joshua's death to the accession of Saul (noun)
  • To hear and decide upon (a case at law) (verb)
  • To pass judgment on; sentence (verb)
  • To decide or deem (something) after inquiry or deliberation (verb)
  • To determine the result of (a contest or competition) (verb)
  • To appraise (something) critically (verb)
  • To believe (something) to be the case; suspect (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "judge" in a sentence
  • "A county court is held by a county judge elected for four years, who is also _surrogate_, called in other states, _judge of probate_."
  • "Justice Richardson, and passed just over the head of the judge, who happened to be sitting at ease and lolling on his elbow, the learned man smiled, and observed to those who congratulated him on his escape, "You see now, if I had been an _upright judge_ I had been slaine.""
  • "And when, in passion, she vowed never to invite the judge again, 'Nay, wife,' said he, 'vow never to invite a _just judge_ any more.'""