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judge

noun [C]  us   /dʒʌdʒ/

judge noun [C] (LAW)

a person who is in charge of a court of law: The judge dismissed the charge after a preliminary hearing.

judge noun [C] (PERSON WHO DECIDES)

a person who is qualified to form or give an opinion about something: a good judge of character A judge is also a person who officially decides who has won a competition.

judge

verb [I/T]  us   /dʒʌdʒ/

judge verb [I/T] (DECIDE)

to have or give an opinion, or to decide about something or someone, esp. after thinking carefully: [I] He seems to be handling the job well, but it’s really too soon to judge. [+ question word] It’s hard to judge how old he is. [T] I’m hopeless at judging distances (= guessing how far it is between places). [T] What gives you the right to judge people (= decide how good or bad they are)? To judge a competition is to decide officially who has won.Judging by/from (also to judge by/from) Judging by/from or to judge by/from refers to the reasons you have for thinking something: Judging by their home, they seem to be quite wealthy.
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