verb (used with object), ad·judged, ad·judg·ing.
  1. to declare or pronounce formally; decree: The will was adjudged void.
  2. to award or assign judicially: The prize was adjudged to him.
  3. to decide by a judicial opinion or sentence: to adjudge a case.
  4. to sentence or condemn: He was adjudged to die.
  5. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for adjudged

Contemporary Examples of adjudged

Historical Examples of adjudged

  • Luckily for Sir Marcus, it was adjudged to be off our 'pitch.'

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • He was adjudged to the scaffold—he smiled when he heard the sentence.

    Calderon The Courtier

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Yet he lost it, and the gold medal was adjudged to a pupil who was not afterwards heard of.


    Samuel Smiles

  • Has she ever been adjudged so, or committed to any asylum for the insane?

    The Cross-Cut

    Courtney Ryley Cooper

  • He was adjudged old enough to die, as he had been old enough to kill.

British Dictionary definitions for adjudged


verb (tr; usually passive)
  1. 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)
  2. archaic to sentence or condemn

Word Origin for adjudge

C14: via Old French from Latin adjūdicāre. See adjudicate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for adjudged



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper