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Topic: LAW

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: jugier, from Latin judicare, from judex; JUDGE1

judge

2 verb
     
judge2 S2 W3 past tense and past participle judged, present participle judging
1

opinion

[intransitive and transitive] to form or give an opinion about someone or something after thinking carefully about all the information you know about themCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
judge somebody/something by something judge that judge somebody/something (to be) something judge whether/how/what etc difficult/hard to judge impossible to judge judge the success/quality/merits of something judge something objectively judge it best/right/proper etc to do something judge somebody harshly judge it safe to do something
You should never judge a person by their looks.
Judge us on the improvements we make in the economy.
The therapist judged that Margaret had made a serious attempt to kill herself.
pollutants that were judged hazardous to human health
I am in no position to judge whether what she is doing is right or wrong.
The economic results of the reforms are very difficult to judge.
The likelihood of future bombs was impossible to judge.
We judge the success of a product by the number of sales it brings in.
His conduct, judged objectively by what he has done, is dishonest.
Robert wanted to go and help him, but judged it best to stay where he was.
Do not judge her too harshly, as she was very young at the time.
2

judging by/from something

used to say that you are making a guess based on what you have just seen, heard, or learned:
Judging by his jovial manner he must have enjoyed his meal.
Judging from what you say in your letter, you don't sound well.
3

competition

[intransitive and transitive] to decide on the result of a competition:
I had the difficult task of judging the competition.
judge somebody on something
Competitors will be judged on speed and accuracy.
4

criticize

[intransitive and transitive] to form an opinion about someone, especially in an unfair or criticizing way:
He just accepts people for what they are and he doesn't judge them.
5

law

[transitive]SCL to decide whether someone is guilty of a crime in court
6

it's not for somebody to judge

used to say that you do not think someone has the right to give their opinion about something:
Was it the right decision? It's not for us to judge.
7

as far as I can judge

used to say that you think what you are saying is true, but you are not sure
8

don't judge a book by its cover

used to say that you should not form an opinion based only on the way something looks
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