To judge is to form your own opinion. The critics didn't think much of the movie, but you decided to judge for yourself. Now you can't get your money back.

A person who judges, especially for a living, is known as a judge. To this day, you believe the judges cheated you out of the gold medal for figure skating because they didn't like your outfit. If you're wearing handcuffs and a police officer says, “Tell it to the judge,” that's the one in the black robes, not the one that holds up scorecards. Hopefully, this judge will like your outfit.

Primary Meanings of judge

a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice
form a critical opinion of
judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)
Full Definitions of judge

n a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice

jurist, justice
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(Old Testament) a judge of Israel who performed herculean feats of strength against the Philistines until he was betrayed to them by his mistress Delilah
Warren Earl Burger
United States jurist appointed chief justice of the United States Supreme Court by Richard Nixon (1907-1995)
Salmon Portland Chase
United States politician and jurist who served as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1808-1873)
Oliver Ellsworth
United States jurist and the third chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1745-1807)
Melville Weston Fuller
United States jurist and chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1833-1910)
Charles Evans Hughes
United States jurist who served as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1862-1948)
John Jay
United States diplomat and jurist who negotiated peace treaties with Britain and served as the first chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1745-1829)
John Marshall
United States jurist; as chief justice of the Supreme Court he established the principles of United States constitutional law (1755-1835)
William Hubbs Rehnquist
United States jurist who served as an associate justice on the United States Supreme Court from 1972 until 1986, when he was appointed chief justice (born in 1924)
John Rutledge
United States jurist and second chief justice of the United States Supreme Court; he was appointed by George Washington and briefly served as chief justice but was ultimately rejected by the United States Senate (1739-1800)
Harlan Fisk Stone
United States jurist who was named chief justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1941 by Franklin D. Roosevelt (1872-1946)
William Howard Taft
27th President of the United States and later chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1857-1930)
Roger Brooke Taney
United States jurist who served as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court; remembered for his ruling that slaves and their descendants have no rights as citizens (1777-1864)
Frederick Moore Vinson
United States jurist who served as chief justice of the Supreme Court (1890-1953)
Morrison Remick Waite
United States jurist who was appointed chief justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1874 by President Grant (1816-1888)
Earl Warren
United States jurist who served as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1891-1974)
Edward Douglas White Jr.
United States jurist appointed chief justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1910 by President Taft; noted for his work on antitrust legislation (1845-1921)
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a mayor or chief magistrate of a Spanish town
chief justice
the judge who presides over a supreme court
a wise and upright judge
formerly the chief magistrate in the republics of Venice and Genoa
justiciar, justiciary
formerly a high judicial officer
a lay judge or civil authority who administers the law (especially one who conducts a court dealing with minor offenses)
a judge of a probate court
praetor, pretor
an annually elected magistrate of the ancient Roman Republic
an Islamic judge
a barrister or solicitor who serves as part-time judge in towns or boroughs
trial judge
a judge in a trial court
one (as a judge) who examines and settles a case
justice of the peace
a local magistrate with limited powers
stipendiary, stipendiary magistrate
(United Kingdom) a paid magistrate (appointed by the Home Secretary) dealing with police cases
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a person who studies and settles conflicts and disputes
functionary, official
a worker who holds or is invested with an office

n an authority who is able to estimate worth or quality

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appraiser, valuator
one who estimates officially the worth or value or quality of things
arbiter, arbitrator, umpire
someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue
anyone who expresses a reasoned judgment of something
appraiser, authenticator
one who determines authenticity (as of works of art) or who guarantees validity
a judge who assigns grades to something
panelist, panellist
a member of a panel
reader, referee, reviewer
someone who reads manuscripts and judges their suitability for publication
sampler, taste tester, taste-tester, taster
someone who samples food or drink for its quality
third party
someone other than the principals who are involved in a transaction
someone who assesses the monetary worth of possessions
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an expert whose views are taken as definitive

v form a critical opinion of

“I cannot judge some works of modern art”
evaluate, pass judgment
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grade, order, place, range, rank, rate
assign a rank or rating to
have or maintain a position or stand on an issue
judge to be right or commendable; think well of
consider bad or wrong
see fit or proper to act in a certain way; decide to act in a certain way
judge beforehand, especially without sufficient evidence
appraise, assess, evaluate, measure, valuate, value
evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of
appraise anew
refuse to accept or acknowledge
consider or hold as true
believe, conceive, consider, think
judge or regard; look upon; judge
calculate, count on, estimate, figure, forecast, reckon
judge to be probable
anticipate, expect
regard something as probable or likely
ascribe, assign, attribute, impute
attribute or credit to
assign, attribute
decide as to where something belongs in a scheme
disapprove, reject
deem wrong or inappropriate
adjudge, declare, hold
declare to be
critique, review
appraise critically
judge unacceptable
accept or judge as acceptable
essay, examine, prove, test, try, try out
put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
acknowledge, know, recognise, recognize
accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority
adopt, embrace, espouse, sweep up
take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own
remain committed to
guess, imagine, opine, reckon, suppose, think
expect, believe, or suppose
assume, presume, take for granted
take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof
conjecture, hypothecate, hypothesise, hypothesize, speculate, suppose, theorise, theorize
to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
grade, mark, score
assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation
place in a superior order or rank
put someone or something on a short list
distribute (players or teams) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds
assign a new order to
rank or order as less important or consider of less value
prioritise, prioritize
assign a priority to
arrange in a sequence
rate lower; lower in value or esteem
rate higher; raise in value or esteem
rate, value
estimate the value of
frown on, frown upon
look disapprovingly upon
approve automatically
standardise, standardize
evaluate by comparing with a standard
reassess, reevaluate
revise or renew one's assessment
subject to political, religious, or moral censorship
accept as true; take to be true
disbelieve, discredit
reject as false; refuse to accept
refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid
challenge or except to a judge as being incompetent or interested, in canon and civil law
accept as true or valid
accept (documents) as valid
reject (documents) as invalid
change one's mind
dispose the mind in a certain way
esteem, look on, look upon, regard as, repute, take to be, think of
look on as or consider
have a feeling or perception about oneself in reaction to someone's behavior or attitude
consider, reckon, regard, see, view
deem to be
believe, trust
be confident about something
allow, take into account
allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something
attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source
carnalize, sensualize
ascribe to an origin in sensation
give someone credit for something
attribute to another source
anthropomorphise, anthropomorphize
ascribe human features to something
personate, personify
attribute human qualities to something
accredit, credit
ascribe an achievement to
blame, charge
attribute responsibility to
externalise, externalize, project
regard as objective
interiorise, interiorize, internalise, internalize
incorporate within oneself; make subjective or personal
reconcile, resign, submit
accept as inevitable
show disapproval by discouraging
align, array
align oneself with a group or a way of thinking
classify, relegate
assign to a class or kind
accept as legally binding and valid
disown, renounce, repudiate
cast off
brush aside, brush off, discount, dismiss, disregard, ignore, push aside
bar from attention or consideration
express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent
acknowledge, admit
declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of
declare to be obsolete
bastardise, bastardize
declare a child to be illegitimate
declare legally insane
declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee
declare (a dead person) to be blessed; the first step of achieving sainthood
canonise, canonize, saint
declare (a dead person) to be a saint
peer review, referee
evaluate professionally a colleague's work
express strong disapproval of; deplore
express approval of
take a bow
acknowledge praise or accept credit
deter, discourage
try to prevent; show opposition to
label, pronounce
pronounce judgment on
abide by, honor, honour, observe, respect
show respect towards
cancel, strike down
declare null and void; make ineffective
formalise, formalize
make formal or official
control, verify
check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard
circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with
test something under the conditions under which it will actually be used
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cerebrate, cogitate, think
use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

v pronounce judgment on

label, pronounce
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acquit, assoil, clear, discharge, exculpate, exonerate
pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
find or declare guilty
advertize in strongly positive terms
find, rule
decide on and make a declaration about
pronounce fit or able
declare unfit
intonate, intone
speak carefully, as with rising and falling pitch or in a particular tone
clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof
exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data
clear of a charge
convict anew
make legally capable or qualify in law
disqualify oneself (as a judge) in a particular case
remove from the bar; expel from the practice of law by official action
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adjudge, declare, hold
declare to be

v determine the result of (a competition)

referee, umpire
be a referee or umpire in a sports competition
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adjudicate, decide, resolve, settle
bring to an end; settle conclusively

v put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of

“The judge tried both father and son in separate trials”
adjudicate, try
subject to trial by court-martial
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decide, determine, make up one's mind
reach, make, or come to a decision about something

v judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)

approximate, estimate, gauge, guess
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quantise, quantize
approximate (a signal varying continuously in amplitude) by one whose amplitude is restricted to a prescribed set of discrete values
gauge something incorrectly or improperly
place, put, set
estimate the duration or outcome of something
lowball, underestimate
make a deliberately low estimate
estimate the value of (property) for taxation
calculate as being
count, reckon
take account of
approximate by ignoring all terms beyond a chosen one
estimate based on a calculation
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calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out
make a mathematical calculation or computation

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