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adjudicate

[uh-joo-di-keyt]
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verb (used with object), ad·ju·di·cat·ed, ad·ju·di·cat·ing.
  1. to pronounce or decree by judicial sentence.
  2. to settle or determine (an issue or dispute) judicially.
verb (used without object), ad·ju·di·cat·ed, ad·ju·di·cat·ing.
  1. to sit in judgment (usually followed by upon).

Origin of adjudicate

First recorded in 1690–1700, adjudicate is from the Latin word adjūdicātus (past participle of adjūdicāre). See ad-, judge, -ate1
Related formsad·ju·di·ca·tive [uh-joo-di-key-tiv, ‐kuh-tiv] /əˈdʒu dɪˌkeɪ tɪv, ‐kə tɪv/, ad·ju·di·ca·to·ry [uh-joo-di-kuh-tawr-ee, ‐tohr-ee] /əˈdʒu dɪ kəˌtɔr i, ‐ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivead·ju·di·ca·tor, nounmis·ad·ju·di·cat·ed, adjectivenon·ad·ju·di·cat·ed, adjectivenon·ad·ju·di·ca·tive, adjectivenon·ad·ju·di·ca·tive·ly, adverbre·ad·ju·di·cate, verb, re·ad·ju·di·cat·ed, re·ad·ju·di·cat·ing.un·ad·ju·di·cat·ed, adjective
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adjudicate

verb
  1. (when intr, usually foll by upon) to give a decision (on), esp a formal or binding one
  2. (intr) to act as an adjudicator
  3. (tr) chess to determine the likely result of (a game) by counting relative value of pieces, positional strength, etc
  4. (intr) to serve as a judge or arbiter, as in a competition
Derived Formsadjudication, nounadjudicative (əˈdʒuːdɪkətɪv), adjective

Word Origin

C18: from Latin adjūdicāre to award something to someone, from ad- to + jūdicāre to act as a judge, from jūdex judge
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Word Origin and History for adjudicate

v.

1700, from Latin adjudicatus, past participle of adjudicare (see adjudge). Related: Adjudicated; adjudicating.

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