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[ ih-val-yoo-eyt ]
/ ɪˈvæl yuˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), e·val·u·at·ed, e·val·u·at·ing.

to determine or set the value or amount of; appraise: to evaluate property.
to judge or determine the significance, worth, or quality of; assess: to evaluate the results of an experiment.
Mathematics. to determine or calculate the numerical value of (a formula, function, relation, etc.).



Nearby words

evagation, evaginable, evaginate, evagination, evaluable, evaluate, evaluation, evaluative, evan, evanesce, evanescence

Origin of evaluate

First recorded in 1835–45; back formation from evaluation
Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for evaluative

  • The constant streams of evaluative data that teachers must generate present a similar irony.

    A Teacher Returns to the Classroom and Gets Schooled|Nick Romeo|September 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
  • What is it about nostalgia that so effectively scrambles our evaluative faculties?

British Dictionary definitions for evaluative (1 of 2)


/ (ɪˈvæljʊətɪv) /


of, denoting, or based on an act of evaluating
philosophy expressing an attitude or value judgment; emotive

British Dictionary definitions for evaluative (2 of 2)


/ (ɪˈvæljʊˌeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to ascertain or set the amount or value of
to judge or assess the worth of; appraise
maths logic to determine the unique member of the range of a function corresponding to a given member of its domain
Derived Formsevaluation, nounevaluator, noun

Word Origin for evaluate

C19: back formation from evaluation, from French, from evaluer to evaluate; see value
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