Part of speech: verb
Origin: Latin, late 17th century
To make an official decision or judgment
To act as a judge
Examples of Adjudicate in a sentence
"The student council was required to adjudicate any accusations of cheating. "
"After years as a public defender he was ready for his promotion to adjudicate on the state supreme court. "
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Adjudicate can act as both a transitive and an intransitive verb. As a transitive verb (the first definition), there is an object that is receiving the judgment. Adjudicate as an intransitive verb (second definition) is slightly easier to recognize because it will be followed by a preposition. You may adjudicate upon a certain issue, or adjudicate on a court.
Did you Know?
Adjudicate can be traced directly to the Latin verb “judicare,” meaning to judge. But go back just a little bit further to “jus,” the Latin word for law, and you’ll recognize the root of many of our legal terms. Take a closer look at judge, judicial, judgment, prejudice, jury, injury, justice, and perjury.