# evaluate

[ih-val-yoo-eyt]

- to determine or set the value or amount of; appraise: to evaluate property.
- to judge or determine the significance, worth, or quality of; assess: to evaluate the results of an experiment.
- Mathematics. to determine or calculate the numerical value of (a formula, function, relation, etc.).

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## Origin of evaluate^{}

First recorded in 1835–45; back formation from evaluation

## Synonyms

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com1, 2. weigh, estimate, gauge, value.

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## Examples from the Web for evaluate

### Contemporary Examples

#### In schools, this meant finding new ways to evaluate students—and hence their teachers.

#### Because these ingredients are so new, we need new methodologies just to evaluate them.

The Science of Ingredient InnovationDecember 15, 2014

#### Now we can set up a scientifically well prepared study to evaluate the transfusions vs. improved care.

#### DOJ and CDC numbers differ, and conviction rates are harder to evaluate.

#### When asked to evaluate his own work, Leigh was a little more reticent.

### Historical Examples

#### I'll just give you my line of reasoning, and you can evaluate it for yourself.

Vampires of SpaceSewell Peaslee Wright

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

Union and DemocracyAllen Johnson

#### The result is illustrative of the relation between what we do and how we evaluate what we do.

The Civilization of IlliteracyMihai Nadin

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

Progress and HistoryVarious

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

Medal of HonorDallas McCord Reynolds

# evaluate

- to ascertain or set the amount or value of
- to judge or assess the worth of; appraise
- maths logic to determine the unique member of the range of a function corresponding to a given member of its domain

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## 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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