What does judge mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. judge, justice, juristnoun

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

  2. evaluator, judgeverb

    an authority who is able to estimate worth or quality

  3. judgeverb

    determine the result of (a competition)

  4. evaluate, pass judgment, judgeverb

    form a critical opinion of

    "I cannot judge some works of modern art"; "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"

  5. estimate, gauge, approximate, guess, judgeverb

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

    "I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds"

  6. pronounce, label, judgeverb

    pronounce judgment on

    "They labeled him unfit to work here"

  7. judge, adjudicate, tryverb

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

    "The football star was tried for the murder of his wife"; "The judge tried both father and son in separate trials"


  1. judgenoun

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

  2. judgenoun

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

  3. judgenoun

    A person officiating at a sports or similar event.

    At a boxing match the decision of the judges is final.

  4. judgenoun

    A person whose opinion on a subject is respected.

    He is a good judge of wine.

  5. judgeverb

    To sit in judgment on; to pass sentence on.

    A higher power will judge you after you are dead.

  6. judgeverb

    To sit in judgment, to act as judge.

    Justices in this country judge without appeal.

  7. judgeverb

    To form an opinion on.

    I judge a man's character by the cut of his suit.

  8. judgeverb

    To arbitrate; to pass opinion on something, especially to settle a dispute etc.

    We cannot both be right: you must judge between us.

  9. judgeverb

    To have as an opinion; to consider, suppose.

    I judge it safe to leave the house once again.

  10. judgeverb

    To form an opinion; to infer.

    I judge from the sky that it might rain later.

  11. judgeverb

    To criticize or label another person or thing.

  12. Etymology: From juge, juger, ultimately from iudico, from iudicem, from iudex, from ius + dicus.


  1. Judge

    A judge is a person who presides over court proceedings, either alone or as a part of a panel of judges. A judge hears all the witnesses and any other evidence presented by the barristers or solicitors of the case, assesses the credibility and arguments of the parties, and then issues a ruling in the case based on their interpretation of the law and their own personal judgment. A judge is expected to conduct the trial impartially and, typically, in an open court. The powers, functions, method of appointment, discipline, and training of judges vary widely across different jurisdictions. In some jurisdictions, the judge's powers may be shared with a jury. In inquisitorial systems of criminal investigation, a judge might also be an examining magistrate. The presiding judge ensures that all court proceedings are lawful and orderly.


  1. judge

    A judge is a public official who presides over court proceedings, either alone or as part of a panel of judges. Their role is to make decisions on matters of fact or law in criminal or civil cases, to hand down sentences in criminal cases after determination of guilt, and to settle disputes in civil cases, often on the basis of statutes and general principles of common law. Hierarchy of judges depends on the type and jurisdiction of the courts they serve.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Judgeverb

    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. Judgeverb

    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

  3. Judgeverb

    a person appointed to decide in a/trial of skill, speed, etc., between two or more parties; an umpire; as, a judge in a horse race

  4. Judgeverb

    one of supreme magistrates, with both civil and military powers, who governed Israel for more than four hundred years

  5. Judgeverb

    the title of the seventh book of the Old Testament; the Book of Judges

  6. Judgeadjective

    to hear and determine, as in causes on trial; to decide as a judge; to give judgment; to pass sentence

  7. Judgeadjective

    to assume the right to pass judgment on another; to sit in judgment or commendation; to criticise or pass adverse judgment upon others. See Judge, v. t., 3

  8. Judgeverb

    to compare facts or ideas, and perceive their relations and attributes, and thus distinguish truth from falsehood; to determine; to discern; to distinguish; to form an opinion about

  9. Judgeverb

    to hear and determine by authority, as a case before a court, or a controversy between two parties

  10. Judgeverb

    to examine and pass sentence on; to try; to doom

  11. Judgeverb

    to arrogate judicial authority over; to sit in judgment upon; to be censorious toward

  12. Judgeverb

    to determine upon or deliberation; to esteem; to think; to reckon

  13. Judgeverb

    to exercise the functions of a magistrate over; to govern

  14. Etymology: [OE. jugen, OF. jugier, F. juger, L. judicare, fr. judex judge; jus law or right + dicare to proclaim, pronounce, akin to dicere to say. See Just, a., and Diction, and cf. Judicial.]


  1. Judge

    A judge is an official who presides over court proceedings, either alone or as part of a panel of judges. The powers, functions, method of appointment, discipline, and training of judges vary widely across different jurisdictions. The judge is supposed to conduct the trial impartially and in an open court. The judge hears all the witnesses and any other evidence presented by the parties of the case, assesses the credibility and arguments of the parties, and then issues a ruling on the matter at hand based on his or her interpretation of the law and his or her own personal judgment. In some jurisdictions, the judge's powers may be shared with a jury. In inquisitorial systems of criminal investigation, a judge might also be an examining magistrate.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Judge

    juj, v.i. to point out or declare what is just or law: to hear and decide: to pass sentence: to compare facts to determine the truth: to form or pass an opinion: to distinguish.—v.t. to hear and determine authoritatively: to sentence: to decide the merits of: to be censorious towards: to consider: (B.) to condemn.—n. one who judges: a civil officer who hears and settles any cause: an arbitrator: one who can decide upon the merit of anything: in Jewish history, a supreme magistrate having civil and military powers: (pl.) title of 7th book of the Old Testament.—ns. Judge′ship, the office of a judge; Judg′ment, act of judging: the comparing of ideas to elicit truth: faculty by which this is done, the reason: opinion formed: taste: sentence: condemnation: doom; Judg′ment-day, the day on which God will pronounce final judgment on mankind; Judg′ment-debt, a debt evidenced by legal record; Judg′ment-hall, a hall where a court of justice meets; Judg′ment-seat, seat or bench in a court from which judgment is pronounced. [Fr. juger—L. judicārejus, law, dicĕre, to declare.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. judge

    1. A man with ankylosis of the ego, who is jealous of the stenographer for sufficient reasons. 2. One who learns law from lawyers and is excluded from the game, getting his in honors.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. JUDGE

    One who sits on a bench in a court, frames sentences and finishes crooks for a living, and swears continually.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. JUDGE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Judge is ranked #3414 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Judge surname appeared 10,453 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 would have the surname Judge.

    76% or 7,954 total occurrences were White.
    15.4% or 1,613 total occurrences were Black.
    3.7% or 388 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.1% or 229 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 185 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 84 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'judge' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2282

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'judge' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3227

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'judge' in Nouns Frequency: #665

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'judge' in Verbs Frequency: #416

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of judge in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of judge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of judge in a Sentence

  1. Jesus:

    Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

  2. William Lynch:

    Judge Schroeder has a reputation for doing what Judge Schroeder believes is the right thing and being an independent thinker, and it's Judge Schroeder courtroom. Judge Schroeder doesn't like to be pushed around by either party. So Judge Schroeder has a strong sense of Judge Schroeder own Judge Schroeder bearing in the courtroom.

  3. James Roche:

    I didn't socialize with Judge Kavanaugh, judge Kavanaugh would come home and Judge Kavanaugh was incoherent, stumbling, Judge Kavanaugh would sometimes be singing, Judge Kavanaugh occasionally would wear this -- I think it was an old leather football helmet -- and Judge Kavanaugh would throw up, and then in the morning would have a lot of trouble getting out of bed.

  4. John Mitchell Mason:

    Judge thyself with the judgment of sincerity, and thou will judge others with the judgment of charity.

  5. Clarence Thomas:

    , } The woman, we all know, was Anita Hill. And I was there as her story unfolded. Twenty-seven years ago, on Yom Kippur eve, I testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in my role as President of the Women's Legal Defense Fund, which became National Partnership for Women Families for Women Families. I was joined by wonderful colleagues, including Professor Patricia King of Georgetown University and Marcia Greenberger, co-president of the National Women's Law Center. At the time I testified that Judge Clarence Thomas appeared to lack a demonstrated commitment to equal justice. I stated that Judge Clarence Thomas record cast grave doubt on Judge Clarence Thomas commitment to affirm and support fundamental principles of equal employment opportunity, the constitutional protections against gender discrimination and reproductive freedom. Judge Clarence Thomas record had shown an extensive pattern of disregard of principles of fundamental importance to women and Women Families. The ugly double standard over Kavanaughs so-called youthRead MoreOf course, the parallels between then and now are unmistakable. Shortly after my testimony, Hill's story was leaked to the press, and Anita Hill was asked to testify before the Senate. What happened next continues to be one of the most disgraceful episodes in our country's modern history. Anita Hill came before the Senate and was greeted by an all-male panel, led by Republicans who sought to prosecute Anita Hill, while Democrats, at best, remained neutral fact-finders. This phony trial resulted in a gross imbalance of power and meant that no one defended Anita Hill and no one prosecuted Judge Clarence Thomas. What was on trial was not the fitness of Judge Clarence Thomas to be the next Supreme Court justice but instead Hill's moral character and reputation as a woman. Immediately after the hearing, it was branded as a.

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