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evaluate

[ih-val-yoo-eyt] /ɪˈvæl yuˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), evaluated, evaluating.
1.
to determine or set the value or amount of; appraise:
to evaluate property.
2.
to judge or determine the significance, worth, or quality of; assess:
to evaluate the results of an experiment.
3.
Mathematics. to determine or calculate the numerical value of (a formula, function, relation, etc.).
Origin of evaluate
1835-1845
First recorded in 1835-45; back formation from evaluation
Related forms
evaluable
[ih-val-yoo-uh-buh l] /ɪˈvæl yu ə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
evaluative, adjective
evaluator, noun
misevaluate, verb (used with object), misevaluated, misevaluating.
nonevaluative, adjective
reevaluate, verb (used with object), reevaluated, reevaluating.
unevaluated, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. weigh, estimate, gauge, value.
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  • I'll just give you my line of reasoning, and you can evaluate it for yourself.

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  • The historian is in a better position to evaluate the treaty.

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    Allen Johnson
  • The result is illustrative of the relation between what we do and how we evaluate what we do.

  • We cannot evaluate progress as an increase in a sum-total of happiness.

  • Our experts will evaluate such holdings and recompense the owners.

    Medal of Honor Dallas McCord Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for evaluate

evaluate

/ɪˈvæljʊˌeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to ascertain or set the amount or value of
2.
to judge or assess the worth of; appraise
3.
(maths, logic) to determine the unique member of the range of a function corresponding to a given member of its domain
Derived Forms
evaluation, noun
evaluator, noun
Word Origin
C19: back formation from evaluation, from French, from evaluer to evaluate; see value
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Word Origin and History for evaluate
v.

1842, from French évaluer or else a back-formation from evaluation. Originally in mathematics. Related: Evaluated; evaluating.

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