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

  1. evagation,
  2. evaginable,
  3. evaginate,
  4. evagination,
  5. evaluable,
  6. evaluation,
  7. evaluative,
  8. evan,
  9. evanesce,
  10. evanescence

Origin of evaluate

First recorded in 1835–45; back formation from evaluation

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British Dictionary definitions for evaluative



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


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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