An evaluation is an appraisal of something to determine its worth or fitness. For example, before you start an exercise program, get a medical evaluation, to make sure you're able to handle the activity.

At the heart of the noun evaluation is the root word value, which means "worth." So an evaluation is an examination to find the worth of something. We do this every day — maybe making an evaluation of the prices in a store to decide whether or not to shop there. We might get an appraisal of our property, which is an evaluation to determine its worth in preparation for taking out a mortgage. Evaluation is vital in planning our lives.

Definitions of evaluation
  1. noun
    act of ascertaining or fixing the value or worth of
    synonyms: rating
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    grading, marking, scoring
    evaluation of performance by assigning a grade or score
    type of:
    assessment, judgement, judgment
    the act of judging or assessing a person or situation or event
  2. noun
    an appraisal of the value of something
    synonyms: rating, valuation
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    too high a value or price assigned to something
    too low a value or price assigned to something
    the evaluation of something in terms of its price
    the evaluation of something a second time (or more)
    grade, mark, score
    a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance)
    bond rating
    an evaluation by a rating company of the probability that a particular bond issue will default
    price gouging
    pricing above the market price when no alternative retailer is available
    grade point
    a numerical value assigned to a letter grade received in a course taken at a college or university multiplied by the number of credit hours awarded for the course
    centile, percentile
    (statistics) any of the 99 numbered points that divide an ordered set of scores into 100 parts each of which contains one-hundredth of the total
    (statistics) any of nine points that divided a distribution of ranked scores into equal intervals where each interval contains one-tenth of the scores
    (statistics) any of three points that divide an ordered distribution into four parts each containing one quarter of the scores
    type of:
    appraisal, assessment
    the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth
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