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[ih-val-yoo-eyt] /ɪˈvæl yuˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), evaluated, evaluating.
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.).
Origin of evaluate
1835-45; back formation from evaluation
Related forms
[ih-val-yoo-uh-buh l] /ɪˈvæl yu ə bəl/ (Show IPA),
evaluative, adjective
evaluator, noun
misevaluate, verb (used with object), misevaluated, misevaluating.
nonevaluative, adjective
reevaluate, verb (used with object), reevaluated, reevaluating.
unevaluated, adjective
1, 2. weigh, estimate, gauge, value. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for evaluate
  • There is no perfect way to evaluate teachers, but that is true of many jobs.
  • The editors send the paper to one or more other scientists who evaluate it.
  • I'm going to evaluate every trade agreement.
  • If you want to evaluate something evaluate what matters.
  • Often, she found that programs had no built-in procedure to evaluate their success.
  • Its overall objective is to plan, execute, and evaluate learning.
  • The court stressed the need to evaluate each case on an individual basis.
  • Every day you should evaluate how you practiced or played that day.
  • Analyze and evaluate new, often complex situations and imagine solutions.
  • He had plenty to evaluate.
British Dictionary definitions for evaluate


verb (transitive)
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 Forms
evaluation, noun
evaluator, noun
Word Origin
C19: back formation from evaluation, from French, from evaluer to evaluate; see value
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for evaluate

1842, from French évaluer or else a back-formation from evaluation. Originally in mathematics. Related: Evaluated; evaluating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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evaluate in Technology
The COBOL85 keyword for a switch statement.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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