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evaluate

[ih-val-yoo-eyt]
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verb (used with object), e·val·u·at·ed, e·val·u·at·ing.
  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.).
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Origin of evaluate

First recorded in 1835–45; back formation from evaluation
Related formse·val·u·a·ble [ih-val-yoo-uh-buh l] /ɪˈvæl yu ə bəl/, adjectivee·val·u·a·tive, adjectivee·val·u·a·tor, nounmis·e·val·u·ate, verb (used with object), mis·e·val·u·at·ed, mis·e·val·u·at·ing.non·e·val·u·a·tive, adjectivere·e·val·u·ate, verb (used with object), re·e·val·u·at·ed, re·e·val·u·at·ing.un·e·val·u·at·ed, adjective

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1, 2. weigh, estimate, gauge, value.
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evaluative

adjective
  1. of, denoting, or based on an act of evaluating
  2. philosophy expressing an attitude or value judgment; emotive
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evaluate

verb (tr)
  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
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Derived Formsevaluation, nounevaluator, 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 evaluative

adj.

1927, from evaluate + -ive.

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evaluate

v.

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

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