verb (used with object), adjudicated, adjudicating.
to pronounce or decree by judicial sentence.
to settle or determine (an issue or dispute) judicially.
verb (used without object), adjudicated, adjudicating.
to sit in judgment (usually followed by upon ).

1690–1700; < Latin adjūdicātus (past participle of adjūdicāre). See ad-, judge, -ate1

adjudicative [uh-joo-di-key-tiv, ‐kuh-tiv] , adjudicatory [uh-joo-di-kuh-tawr-ee, ‐tohr-ee] , adjective
adjudicator, noun
misadjudicated, adjective
nonadjudicated, adjective
nonadjudicative, adjective
nonadjudicatively, adverb
readjudicate, verb, readjudicated, readjudicating.
unadjudicated, adjective Unabridged
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adjudicate (əˈdʒuːdɪˌkeɪt)
vb (when intr, usually foll by upon)
1.  to give a decision (on), esp a formal or binding one
2.  (intr) to act as an adjudicator
3.  (tr) chess to determine the likely result of (a game) by counting relative value of pieces, positional strength, etc
4.  (intr) to serve as a judge or arbiter, as in a competition
[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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Word Origin & History

1700, from L. adjudicat-, pp. stem of adjudicare "to adjudge, decide, ascribe" (see adjudge).
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Example sentences
The judge has some discretion in how to adjudicate the case, legal experts said.
They then participate in a mock trial to adjudicate the fairness of the new
If these fail to resolve the dispute, the complaining government can ask for a
  panel of trade officials to adjudicate.
Such a commission could also investigate as well as adjudicate.
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