Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “judge”

See all translations

judge

noun [C]  /dʒʌdʒ/ us  

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]  /dʒʌdʒ/ us  

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.
(Definition of judge from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of judge?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “judge”

Definitions of “judge” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

justice

fairness in the way people are dealt with

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

flower beard noun

January 19, 2015
a beard adorned with flowers And some of said beard-rockers are even turning it up a notch, painting trend on top of trend with what’s come to be known as ‘the flower beard.’

Read More