Definition of adjudicate in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈjo͞odəˌkāt/


[no object]
1Make a formal judgment or decision about a problem or disputed matter: the committee adjudicates on all betting disputes [with object]: the case was adjudicated in the Supreme Court
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  • The GTC registers all qualified teachers working in state schools and holds disciplinary hearings and adjudicates on matters of conduct and professional incompetence.
  • A case tribunal which adjudicates on any matter must decide whether or not any person has failed to comply with the code of conduct of the relevant authority concerned.
  • If Merricks adjudicates on such a case and finds against the company, provided the policyholder is happy with the outcome, the firm must pay the compensation ordered, up to £100,000.
1.1Act as a judge in a competition: we asked him to adjudicate at the local flower show
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  • This involves training judges to adjudicate at aerobatic competitions as well as working with pilots to perfect their displays.
  • She frequently adjudicates local and regional competitions and National Guild of Piano Teachers auditions.
  • But domestically, she hopes to see Namibian judges adjudicating at competitions such as the Gecko Award, an award given for exceptional advertising and promotion in the communications industry.
judge, try, hear, examine, arbitrate, referee, umpire;
pronounce on, give a ruling on, pass judgment on, decide, determine, settle, resolve
1.2 [with object and complement] Pronounce or declare judicially: he was adjudicated bankrupt
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  • After its act of bankruptcy, but before it was adjudicated bankrupt, one of the partners in the firm drew three cheques totalling £11,700 on the partnership account and gave them to his wife.
  • A new provision provides that the regulations do not apply where the outgoing employer is subject to proceedings whereby he may be adjudicated bankrupt or wound up for reasons of insolvency by order of the High Court.
  • It was not until the director was himself on the point of being adjudicated bankrupt that the ‘party line’ changed to an assertion that the company owned the intellectual property rights.



Pronunciation: /əˈjo͞odəˌkādiv/
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  • Finally, consider one part of the proposed amendment: ‘A victim of violent crime shall have… the right to adjudicative decisions that duly consider the victim's safety.’
  • Neither did he believe it was possible for Mr Lowry to have interfered in the adjudicative process.
  • Once in custody, they have no way of challenging the legal basis for their detention or obtaining a hearing before an adjudicative body.


Early 18th century (in the sense 'award judicially'): from Latin adjudicat- 'awarded judicially', from the verb adjudicare (see adjudge). The noun adjudication dates from the early 17th century.

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Syllabification: ad·ju·di·cate

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