from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To hear and settle (a case) by judicial procedure.
  • transitive v. To study and settle (a dispute or conflict): The principal adjudicated our quarrel.
  • intransitive v. To act as a judge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To settle a legal case or other dispute.
  • v. To act as a judge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To come to a judicial decision.
  • transitive v. To adjudge; to try and determine, as a court; to settle by judicial decree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To adjudge; pronounce judgment upon; award judicially.
  • To sit in judgment; give a judicial decision: with upon: as, the court adjudicated upon the case.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bring to an end; settle conclusively
  • v. put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of


Latin adiūdicāre, adiūdicāt-, to award to (judicially) : ad-, ad- + iūdicāre, to judge (from iūdex, judge; see judge).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin adiūdicō, from ad + iūdicō ("to judge"). (Wiktionary)



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