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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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  • By the same token, though, the process of evaluating often contaminates the ability to create.
British Dictionary definitions for evaluating


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
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Word Origin and History for evaluating



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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