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Definition of adjudicate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they adjudicate
    he / she / it adjudicates
    past simple adjudicated
    -ing form adjudicating
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to make an official decision about who is right in a disagreement between two groups or organizations adjudicate (on/upon/in something) A special subcommittee adjudicates on planning applications. adjudicate (something) (between A and B) Their purpose is to adjudicate disputes between employers and employees.
  2. 2[intransitive] to be a judge in a competition Who is adjudicating at this year's contest?
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noun [uncountable, countable] The case was referred to a higher court for adjudication. The adjudication will be published tomorrow.
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noun You may refer your complaint to an independent adjudicator. The adjudicators praised the high standard of all the entries.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: adjudicate