[ uh-joo-di-keyt ]
See synonyms for: adjudicateadjudicator on

verb (used with object),ad·ju·di·cat·ed, ad·ju·di·cat·ing.
  1. to pronounce or decree by judicial sentence.

  2. to settle or determine (an issue or dispute) judicially.

  1. to act as judge of (a contest).

verb (used without object),ad·ju·di·cat·ed, ad·ju·di·cat·ing.
  1. to sit in judgment (usually followed by upon).

Origin of adjudicate

First recorded in 1690–1700; from Latin adjūdicātus (past participle of adjūdicāre ); see ad-, judge, -ate1

Other words from adjudicate

  • ad·ju·di·ca·tive [uh-joo-di-key-tiv, ‐kuh-tiv], /əˈdʒu dɪˌkeɪ tɪv, ‐kə tɪv/, ad·ju·di·ca·to·ry [uh-joo-di-kuh-tawr-ee], /əˈdʒu dɪ kəˌtɔr i/, adjective
  • ad·ju·di·ca·tor, noun
  • non·ad·ju·di·ca·tive, adjective
  • non·ad·ju·di·ca·tive·ly, adverb
  • re·ad·ju·di·cate, verb, re·ad·ju·di·cat·ed, re·ad·ju·di·cat·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use adjudicate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for adjudicate


/ (əˈdʒuːdɪˌkeɪt) /

  1. (when intr, usually foll by upon) to give a decision (on), esp a formal or binding one

  2. (intr) to act as an adjudicator

  1. (tr) chess to determine the likely result of (a game) by counting relative value of pieces, positional strength, etc

  2. (intr) to serve as a judge or arbiter, as in a competition

Origin of adjudicate

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

Derived forms of adjudicate

  • adjudication, noun
  • adjudicative (əˈdʒuːdɪkətɪv), adjective

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