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[uh-juhj] /əˈdʒʌdʒ/
verb (used with object), adjudged, adjudging.
to declare or pronounce formally; decree:
The will was adjudged void.
to award or assign judicially:
The prize was adjudged to him.
to decide by a judicial opinion or sentence:
to adjudge a case.
to sentence or condemn:
He was adjudged to die.
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 forms
unadjudged, adjective Unabridged
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  • Stern left intact the authority of a bankruptcy judge to fully adjudge a creditor's claim.
  • The court may also in proper cases adjudge the party in contempt.
  • His application to adjudge the defendant in contempt is in addition specious.
  • Hovey's lyrics time will doubtless adjudge his best work.
British Dictionary definitions for adjudge


verb (transitive; usually passive)
to pronounce formally; declare: he was adjudged the winner
  1. to determine judicially; judge
  2. to order or pronounce by law; decree: he was adjudged bankrupt
  3. to award (costs, damages, etc)
(archaic) to sentence or condemn
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin adjūdicāre. See adjudicate
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Word Origin and History for adjudge

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.

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