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[uh-juhj] /əˈdʒʌdʒ/
verb (used with object), adjudged, adjudging.
to declare or pronounce formally; decree:
The will was adjudged void.
to award or assign judicially:
The prize was adjudged to him.
to decide by a judicial opinion or sentence:
to adjudge a case.
to sentence or condemn:
He was adjudged to die.
to deem; consider; think:
It was adjudged wise to avoid war.
Origin of adjudge
1325-75; Middle English ajugen < Middle French ajug(i)er < Latin adjūdicāre. See adjudicate
Related forms
unadjudged, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for adjudge
Historical Examples
  • "Unless you should adjudge me too unworthy for the office," I answered humbly.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • We speak of a bond instead of a mortgage, and we adjudge where we ought to foreclose.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton
  • If the magistrates would so adjudge her, she would, according to the laws, be hung.

    The Witch of Salem John R. Musick
  • And ye prelates and peers, milites and ministers, proceed to adjudge the living!

    Harold, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • That son he was about to adjudge to the gibbet and the hangman!

    Paul Clifford, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • No one can adjudge our modern large cities a healthy product.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • It was pretended that the Academy of Arcadians were to adjudge and decree the crown.

  • The government is not bound to do everything that a jury may adjudge.

  • And now the burgomaster, bribed, had reason to adjudge him insane.

    Tramping on Life Harry Kemp
  • I cannot and do not adjudge you unsuccessful, in the sense of having demonstrated your guilt rather than your innocence.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
British Dictionary definitions for adjudge


verb (transitive; usually passive)
to pronounce formally; declare: he was adjudged the winner
  1. to determine judicially; judge
  2. to order or pronounce by law; decree: he was adjudged bankrupt
  3. to award (costs, damages, etc)
(archaic) to sentence or condemn
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin adjūdicāre. See adjudicate
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Word Origin and History for adjudge

late 14c., "to make a judicial decision," from Old French ajugier "to judge, pass judgment on," from Latin adiudicare "grant or award as a judge," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + iudicare "to judge," which is related to iudicem (see judge (v.)). Sense of "to have an opinion" is from c.1400. Related: Adjudged; adjudging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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