Definition of Judge

1. Noun. A public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice.

2. Verb. Determine the result of (a competition).
Generic synonyms: Adjudicate, Decide, Resolve, Settle
Specialized synonyms: Referee, Umpire
Derivative terms: Judgment

3. Noun. An authority who is able to estimate worth or quality.
Exact synonyms: Evaluator
Specialized synonyms: Appraiser, Valuator, Arbiter, Arbitrator, Umpire, Critic
Generic synonyms: Authority
Derivative terms: Evaluate, Judgeship, Judicial

4. Verb. Form a critical opinion of. "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"

5. Verb. Judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time). "I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds"

6. Verb. Pronounce judgment on. "They labeled him unfit to work here"
Exact synonyms: Label, Pronounce
Generic synonyms: Adjudge, Declare, Hold
Specialized synonyms: Acquit, Assoil, Clear, Discharge, Exculpate, Exonerate, Convict, Tout, Find, Rule, Qualify, Disqualify, Intonate, Intone
Derivative terms: Judgment, Label, Label, Pronouncement

7. Verb. Put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of. "They want to judge the prisoners "; "The judge tried both father and son in separate trials"
Exact synonyms: Adjudicate, Try
Generic synonyms: Decide, Determine, Make Up One's Mind
Specialized synonyms: Court-martial
Derivative terms: Adjudicative, Adjudicator, Adjudicatory, Judgment, Judgment, Judiciary, Trial, Trier

Definition of Judge

1. n. A public officer who is invested with authority to hear and determine litigated causes, and to administer justice between parties in courts held for that purpose.

2. v. i. To hear and determine, as in causes on trial; to decide as a judge; to give judgment; to pass sentence.

3. v. t. To hear and determine by authority, as a case before a court, or a controversy between two parties.

Definition of Judge

1. Noun. A public official whose duty it is to administer the law, especially by presiding over trials and rendering judgments; a justice. ¹

2. Noun. A person who decides the fate of someone or something that has been called into question. ¹

3. Noun. A person officiating at a sports or similar event. ¹

4. Noun. A person whose opinion on a subject is respected. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To sit in judgment on; to pass sentence on. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To sit in judgment, to act as judge. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To form an opinion on. ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive) To arbitrate; to pass opinion on something, especially to settle a dispute etc. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To have as an opinion; to consider, suppose. ¹

10. Verb. (intransitive) To form an opinion; to infer. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive intransitive) To criticize or label another person or thing. ¹

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Definition of Judge

1. to decide on critically [v JUDGED, JUDGING, JUDGES]

Medical Definition of Judge

1. 1. A public officer who is invested with authority to hear and determine litigated causes, and to administer justice between parties in courts held for that purpose. "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." (Bacon) 2. One who has skill, knowledge, or experience, sufficient to decide on the merits of a question, or on the quality or value of anything; one who discerns properties or relations with skill and readiness; a connoisseur; an expert; a critic. "A man who is no judge of law may be a good judge of poetry, or eloquence, or of the merits of a painting." (Dryden) 3. A person appointed to decide in atrial of skill, speed, etc, between two or more parties; an umpire; as, a judge in a horse race. 4. One of supreme magistrates, with both civil and military powers, who governed Israel for more than four hundred years. 5. The title of the seventh book of the Old Testament; the Book of Judges. Judge Advocate, a person appointed to act as prosecutor at a court-martial; he acts as the representative of the government, as the responsible adviser of the court, and also, to a certain extent, as counsel for the accused, when he has no other counsel. Judge-Advocate General, in the United States, the title of two officers, one attached to the War Department and having the rank of brigadier general, the other attached to the Navy Department and having the rank of colonel of marines or captain in the navy. The first is chief of the Bureau of Military Justice of the army, the other performs a similar duty for the navy. In England, the designation of a member of the ministry who is the legal adviser of the secretary of state for war, and supreme judge of the proceedings of courts-martial. Synonym: Judge, Umpire, Arbitrator, Referee. A judge, in the legal sense, is a magistrate appointed to determine questions of law. An umpire is a person selected to decide between two or more who contend for a prize. An arbitrator is one chosen to allot to two contestants their portion of a claim, usually on grounds of equity and common sense. A referee is one to whom a case is referred for final adjustment. Arbitrations and references are sometimes voluntary, sometimes appointed by a court. Origin: OE. Juge, OF. & F. Juge, fr. OF. Jugier, F. Juger, to judge. See Judge. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Judge

judder bar
judge (current term)
judge's robe
judge advocate
judge advocate general
judge advocates
judgement by default
judgement call
judgement calls
judgement day
judgement days
judgement in personam

Literary usage of Judge

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1911)
"I have found The Prodigal judge most interesting, one of the best stories I have ... The Prodigal judge will be one of the biggest sellers of the year. ..."

2. The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains by Owen Wister (1904)
"Ogden inquired of judge Henry. Our host was giving us whiskey in his office, ... The judge laughed. " They come now and then through the year. ..."

3. An exposition of the Creed by John Pearson (1857)
"was and we are, who is our judge ? In this appeareth the wisdom and goodness of God, that making a general judgment, he will make a visible judge, ..."

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