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adjudicate

[ uh-joo-di-keyt ]
/ əˈdʒu dɪˌkeɪt /
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verb (used with object), ad·ju·di·cat·ed, ad·ju·di·cat·ing.

to pronounce or decree by judicial sentence.
to settle or determine (an issue or dispute) judicially.

verb (used without object), ad·ju·di·cat·ed, ad·ju·di·cat·ing.

to sit in judgment (usually followed by upon).

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Origin of adjudicate

First recorded in 1690–1700, adjudicate is from the Latin word adjūdicātus (past participle of adjūdicāre). See ad-, judge, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for adjudicate

adjudicate
/ (əˈdʒuːdɪˌkeɪt) /

verb

(when intr, usually foll by upon) to give a decision (on), esp a formal or binding one
(intr) to act as an adjudicator
(tr) chess to determine the likely result of (a game) by counting relative value of pieces, positional strength, etc
(intr) to serve as a judge or arbiter, as in a competition

Derived forms of adjudicate

adjudication, nounadjudicative (əˈdʒuːdɪkətɪv), adjective

Word Origin for adjudicate

C18: from Latin adjūdicāre to award something to someone, from ad- to + jūdicāre to act as a judge, from jūdex judge
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