Meaning of “evaluate” in the English Dictionary

"evaluate" in British English

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evaluateverb [ T ]

uk /ɪˈvæl.ju.eɪt/ us /ɪˈvæl.ju.eɪt/

C1 to judge or calculate the quality, importance, amount, or value of something:

It's impossible to evaluate these results without knowing more about the research methods employed.
[ + question word ] We shall need to evaluate how the new material stands up to wear and tear.

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  • The effects of the drug on patients' behaviour is extremely difficult to evaluate.
  • Her new book looks at how we can evaluate animal intelligence.
  • In the study, ten major airlines were evaluated for on-time performance, baggage handling, fares, safety and customer service.
  • This activity encourages students to evaluate different points of view and present their own conclusions.
  • The magazine article evaluated ten different digital cameras and ranked them according to price and ease of use.
evaluation
noun [ C or U ] uk /ɪˌvæl.juˈeɪ.ʃən/ us /ɪˌvæl.juˈeɪ.ʃən/

C1

Evaluation of this new treatment cannot take place until all the data has been collected.
evaluative
adjective uk /ɪˈvæl.ju.ə.tɪv/ us /ɪˈvæl.ju.eɪ.t̬ɪv/ formal

evaluative research

(Definition of “evaluate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"evaluate" in American English

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evaluateverb [ T ]

us /ɪˈvæl·juˌeɪt/

to judge or calculate the quality, importance, amount, or value of something:

Doctors evaluate the patient’s condition.
[ + question word ] Have they evaluated what their next step is?
evaluation
noun [ C/U ] us /ɪˌvæl·jəˈweɪ·ʃən/

[ C ] Student evaluations of the class will be collected next week.

(Definition of “evaluate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"evaluate" in Business English

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evaluateverb [ T ]

uk /ɪˈvæljueɪt/ us

to judge the quality, importance, amount, or value of someone or something:

evaluate sb on sth Employees will be evaluated on their performance, attendance, and team skills.
evaluate sth's/sb's effectiveness/impact/performance The research aims to evaluate the effectiveness of the training programme.
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evaluative
adjective /ɪˈvæljuətɪv/ /-eɪṱɪv/ formal

The questionnaires may be used for evaluative purposes.

(Definition of “evaluate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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