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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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  • Luckily for Sir Marcus, it was adjudged to be off our 'pitch.'

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • He was adjudged to the scaffold—he smiled when he heard the sentence.

    Calderon The Courtier Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Yet he lost it, and the gold medal was adjudged to a pupil who was not afterwards heard of.

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  • Has she ever been adjudged so, or committed to any asylum for the insane?

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  • He was adjudged old enough to die, as he had been old enough to kill.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • To be examined, adjudged not "able-bodied," and given exemption-papers.

  • “Your blood needs thinning and cooling,” she adjudged promptly.

  • He who suffered two falls should be adjudged conquered and lose his stake.

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  • The King answered: 'Let him pay in full what was adjudged, and to his King thrice that amount.

British Dictionary definitions for adjudged


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 adjudged



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.

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