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This page has 18 definitions of judge in English. Judge is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use judge in a sentence are shown. Also define these 55 related words and terms: official, administer, law, presiding, trial, render, judgment, justice, person, decide, fate, call, question, officiate, sports, event, contest, evaluate, opinion, Bible, shophet, temporary, leader, appoint, crisis, ancient, Israel, pass, sentence, judicially, rule, determine, punishment, condemn, award, adjudge, form, appraise, constitute, fitting, appraisal, criterion, basis, arbitrate, settle, dispute, consider, suppose, transitive, intransitive, infer, criticize, label, govern, and jurisdiction.

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Etymology 1

From Middle English juge, jugge, borrowed from Old French juge, from Latin iūdex. Displaced native Old English dēma.


judge (plural judges)

  1. A public official whose duty it is to administer the law, especially by presiding over trials and rendering judgments; a justice.
    • 1625, Francis [Bacon], “Of Judicature”, in The Essayes [], 3rd edition, London: [] Iohn Haviland for Hanna Barret, OCLC 863521290:
      The parts of a judge in hearing are four: to direct the evidence; to moderate length, repetition, or impertinency of speech; to recapitulate, select, and collate the material points of that which hath been said; and to give the rule or sentence.
  2. A person who decides the fate of someone or something that has been called into question.
  3. A person officiating at a sports event, a contest, or similar.
    At a boxing match, the decision of the judges is final.
  4. A person who evaluates something or forms an opinion.
    She is a good judge of wine.
    They say he is a poor judge of character considering all the unreliable friends he has made.
  5. (historical, biblical) A shophet, a temporary leader appointed in times of crisis in ancient Israel.
    • Shophet definition
      A judge: an ad hoc leader in ancient Israel.
    • Appoint definition
      To set, fix or determine (a time or place for something such as a meeting, or the meeting itself) by authority or agreement. (1 of 7 appoint definitions)
Derived terms
  • Assamese: জজ (zoz)
  • Bengali: জজ (jôj)
  • → Hindustani:
    Hindi: जज (jaj)
    Urdu: جج(jaj)
  • Oriya: ଜଜ୍ (jôj)
  • Tamil: ஜட்ஜி (jaṭji)
  • Telugu: జడ్జ (jaḍja)
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Etymology 2

From Middle English jugen, borrowed from Anglo-Norman juger, from Old French jugier, from Latin iūdicāre.

Mostly displaced native deem.


judge (third-person singular simple present judges, present participle judging, simple past and past participle judged)

  1. (transitive) To sit in judgment on; to pass sentence on (a person or matter).
    A higher power will judge you after you are dead.
  2. (intransitive) To sit in judgment, to act as judge.
    Justices in this country judge without appeal.
  3. (transitive) To judicially rule or determine.
    • Judicially definition
      In a judicial manner.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To sentence to punishment, to judicially condemn.
    He was judged to die for his crimes.
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To award judicially; to adjudge.
    • Award definition
      A judgment, sentence, or final decision. Specifically: The decision of arbitrators in a case submitted. (1 of 4 award definitions)
  6. (transitive) To form an opinion on; to appraise.
    I judge a man’s character by the cut of his suit.
    • Form definition
      To do with shape.
      1. The shape or visible structure of a thing or person.
      2. A thing that gives shape to other things as in a mold.
      3. Regularity, beauty, or elegance.
      4. The inherent nature of an object; that which the mind itself contributes as the condition of knowing; that in which the essence of a thing consists.
      5. Characteristics not involving atomic components. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
      6. A long bench with no back.
      7. The boundary line of a material object. In painting, more generally, the human body.
      8. The combination of planes included under a general crystallographic symbol. It is not necessarily a closed solid.
      (1 of 27 form definitions)
    • Appraise definition
      To determine the value or worth of something, particularly as a person appointed for this purpose. (1 of 5 appraise definitions)
  7. (transitive, obsolete) To constitute a fitting appraisal or criterion of; to provide a basis for forming an opinion on.
    • Appraisal definition
      The act or process of developing an opinion of value. (1 of 2 appraisal definitions)
  8. (intransitive) To arbitrate; to pass opinion on something, especially to settle a dispute etc.
    We cannot both be right: you must judge between us.
    • Settle definition
      To conclude or resolve (something):
      1. To determine (something which was exposed to doubt or question); to resolve conclusively; to set or fix (a time, an order of succession, etc). (1 of 37 settle definitions)
  9. (transitive) To have as an opinion; to consider, suppose.
    I judge it safe to leave the house once again.
  10. (transitive, intransitive) To form an opinion; to infer.
    I judge from the sky that it might rain later.
  11. (transitive, intransitive) To criticize or label another person or thing.
    • 1993, Aerosmith, Livin' on the Edge
      There's something wrong with the world today; the light bulb's getting dim.
      There's meltdown in the sky.
      If you can judge a wise man by the color of his skin,
      Mister, you're a better man than I
  12. (transitive, intransitive) To govern as biblical judge or shophet (over some jurisdiction).
Derived terms
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