American English

Definition of judge verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they judge
    he / she / it judges
    past simple judged
    -ing form judging
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    form opinion
  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to form an opinion about someone or something, based on the information you have As far as I can judge, all of them are to blame. Judging by her last letter, they are having a wonderful time. To judge from what he said, he was very disappointed. judge somebody/something (on something) Schools should not be judged only on exam results. Each painting must be judged on its own merits. judge somebody/something + noun The tour was judged a great success. judge somebody/something to be/do something The tour was judged to have been a great success. judge somebody/something + adj. They judged it wise to say nothing. judge that… He judged that the risk was too great. it is judged that… It was judged that the risk was too great. judge how, what, etc… It was hard to judge how great the risk was.
  2. estimate
  3. 2[transitive] to guess the size, amount, etc. of something judge how, what, etc… It's difficult to judge how long the journey will take. judge somebody/something to be/do something I judged him to be about 50.
  4. in competition
  5. 3[transitive, intransitive] judge (something) to decide the result of a competition; to be the judge in a competition She was asked to judge the essay competition.
  6. give opinion
  7. 4[transitive, intransitive] judge (somebody) to give your opinion about someone, especially when you disapprove of them What gives you the right to judge other people?
  8. in court
  9. 5[transitive] to decide whether someone is guilty or innocent in a court judge something to judge a case judge somebody + adj. to judge someone guilty/not guilty
  10. Idioms
    don't judge a book by its cover (saying)
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    used to say that you should not form an opinion about someone or something from their appearance only
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: judge