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From Middle English ajugen, adjugen, from Old French ajugier, from Latin adiudicare. Doublet of adjudicate.


  • IPA(key): /əˈd͡ʒʌd͡ʒ/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌdʒ


adjudge (third-person singular simple present adjudges, present participle adjudging, simple past and past participle adjudged)

  1. To declare to be.
  2. To deem or determine to be.
    • 2011 December 7, Phil McNulty, “Man City 2 - 0 Bayern Munich”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      City felt they were victims of an injustice after 16 minutes when Silva's free-kick floated straight in, but French official Stephane Lannoy adjudged that Joleon Lescott had fouled keeper Jorg Butt.
  3. To award judicially; to assign.
    • 19th c., James Russell Lowell, The Heritage
      What doth the poor man's son inherit?
      Wishes o'erjoyed with humble things,
      A rank adjudged by toil-won merit,
      Content that from employment springs
  4. To sentence; to condemn.
    • 1795 February 28, “An act to provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions and to repeal the act now in force for those purposes”, in Library of Congress[2]:
      on failure of payment of the fines adjudged against them [] for which he shall be so adjudged to imprisonment
    • 1629, “The Petition Exhibited to his Majesty by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, concerning divers Rights and Liberties of the Subjects, with the Kings Majesties Royal Answer thereunto in full Parliament”, in University of Michigan Library[3]:
      no man ought to be adjudged to death, but by the Laws established in this your Realm

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