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Definition of Judge


  1. A public officer who is invested with authority to hear and determine litigated causes, and to administer justice between parties in courts held for that purpose.
  2. One who has skill, knowledge, or experience, sufficient to decide on the merits of a question, or on the quality or value of anything; one who discerns properties or relations with skill and readiness; a connoisseur; an expert; a critic.
  3. A person appointed to decide in a/trial of skill, speed, etc., between two or more parties; an umpire; as, a judge in a horse race.
  4. One of supreme magistrates, with both civil and military powers, who governed Israel for more than four hundred years.
  5. The title of the seventh book of the Old Testament; the Book of Judges.
  6. To hear and determine, as in causes on trial; to decide as a judge; to give judgment; to pass sentence.
  7. To assume the right to pass judgment on another; to sit in judgment or commendation; to criticise or pass adverse judgment upon others. See Judge, v. t., 3.
  8. To compare facts or ideas, and perceive their relations and attributes, and thus distinguish truth from falsehood; to determine; to discern; to distinguish; to form an opinion about.
  9. To hear and determine by authority, as a case before a court, or a controversy between two parties.
  10. To examine and pass sentence on; to try; to doom.
  11. To arrogate judicial authority over; to sit in judgment upon; to be censorious toward.
  12. To determine upon or deliberation; to esteem; to think; to reckon.
  13. To exercise the functions of a magistrate over; to govern.

Judge Quotations

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. - Robert Louis Stevenson
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
Dalai Lama

You can't please everyone. When you're too focused on living up to other people's standards, you aren't spending enough time raising your own. Some people may whisper, complain and judge. But for the most part, it's all in your head. People care less about your actions than you think. Why? They have their own problems!
Kris Carr

Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
Oscar Wilde
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Judge Translations

judge in Afrikaans is oordeel
judge in Dutch is berechten, oordelen, beoordelen
judge in Finnish is tuomita
judge in French is juge, juger
judge in Italian is giudice, giudicare
judge in Latin is pendo, judico, iudex, reputo
judge in Portuguese is juiz
judge in Spanish is juez, togado, juzgar
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