Meaning of “verdict” in the English Dictionary

"verdict" in British English

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verdictnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈvɜː.dɪkt/ us /ˈvɝː.dɪkt/

C2 an opinion or decision made after judging the facts that are given, especially one made at the end of a trial:

The jury reached/returned a unanimous verdict of (not) guilty.
Voters gave their verdict on the government's economic record last night by voting overwhelmingly for the opposition.
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  • The jury passed a verdict of guilty, with an appeal to the judge for clemency.
  • Protestors gathered outside the court to await the verdict.
  • After five days of deliberations, the jury decided on a verdict of not guilty.
  • The coroner recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.
  • Many politicians and members of the public expressed outrage at the verdict.

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

"verdict" in American English

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verdictnoun [ C ]

us /ˈvɜr·dɪkt/

a decision by a jury as to whether someone is guilty after having heard the facts given at a trial:

The jury reached/returned a verdict of not guilty after six hours of deliberation.

A verdict is also any judgment or opinion given after considering the facts of a situation:

City planners think it’s a good idea to ban traffic from downtown streets, but the public’s verdict is that it’s a stupid idea.

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

"verdict" in Business English

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verdictnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈvɜːdɪkt/ us

LAW an official decision made in a court at the end of a trial:

We disagree with this jury's verdict.
a verdict of guilty/not guilty
reach/record/return a verdict The jury reached a verdict of not guilty.
a verdict against/for sb Today's verdict for the defense reflects recognition by the jury that the company acted responsibly.
a majority/unanimous verdict

someone's opinion or judgement about something:

deliver/give/issue your verdict on sth Shares in the oil giant plummeted as investors gave their verdict on the environmental disaster.
The voters delivered their verdict on the administration's policies, with a resounding defeat of the party.

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