To adjudicate is to act like a judge. A judge might adjudicate a case in court, and you may have to adjudicate in the local talent show.

Do you see a similarity between judge and adjudicate? When you add the common Latin prefix ad meaning "to" or "toward," you have a pretty good idea what the word means. But a judge isn't the only person who can adjudicate. If you're fighting with your little brother or sister and make them cry, your parents may adjudicate and send you to your room.

Definitions of adjudicate
  1. verb
    put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of
    synonyms: judge, try
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    subject to trial by court-martial
    type of:
    decide, determine, make up one's mind
    reach, make, or come to a decision about something
  2. verb
    bring to an end; settle conclusively
    “The father adjudicated when the sons were quarreling over their inheritance”
    synonyms: decide, dispose, resolve, settle
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    determine the result of (a competition)
    decide how much is to be paid on an insurance claim
    referee, umpire
    be a referee or umpire in a sports competition
    type of:
    end, terminate
    bring to an end or halt
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