verb (used with object), ad·judged, ad·judg·ing.

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 formsun·ad·judged, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for adjudge

Historical Examples of adjudge

  • "Unless you should adjudge me too unworthy for the office," I answered humbly.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • We speak of a bond instead of a mortgage, and we adjudge where we ought to foreclose.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton

  • If the magistrates would so adjudge her, she would, according to the laws, be hung.

    The Witch of Salem

    John R. Musick

  • And ye prelates and peers, milites and ministers, proceed to adjudge the living!

    Harold, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • That son he was about to adjudge to the gibbet and the hangman!

    Paul Clifford, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for adjudge


verb (tr; usually passive)

to pronounce formally; declarehe was adjudged the winner
  1. to determine judicially; judge
  2. to order or pronounce by law; decreehe was adjudged bankrupt
  3. to award (costs, damages, etc)
archaic to sentence or condemn

Word Origin for adjudge

C14: via Old French from Latin adjūdicāre. See adjudicate
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Word Origin and History for adjudge

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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