Definition of evaluate in English:



  • 1Form an idea of the amount, number, or value of; assess:

    ‘the study will assist in evaluating the impact of recent changes’
    [with clause] ‘a system for evaluating how well the firm is performing’
    • ‘The system it uses to evaluate drugs is admired by public health experts worldwide.’
    • ‘Try to evaluate the ideas of others in an objective and quiet manner.’
    • ‘Risk valuation systematically evaluates each regulation by estimating the monetary value - both benefits and costs - of a reduction in risk.’
    • ‘The feedback from these schemes will be assessed and evaluated in September.’
    • ‘I have no idea how to evaluate this claim, and with all due respect to the Kelly family I have no particular interest in it.’
    • ‘For example, some professionals are evaluated according to amounts billed to clients.’
    • ‘We defined the standards against which the computing systems were to be evaluated.’
    • ‘This makes evaluating the impact of computers in consultations particularly important.’
    • ‘The test evaluates a driver's ability to multitask.’
    • ‘A new assessment tool could be an important step forward in evaluating the impact of aid on conflict.’
    • ‘The total loan amount is determined by evaluating the carrying capacity of the farm purchased.’
    • ‘The advisory board evaluates story ideas, reviews materials for accuracy, and provides quotes for articles.’
    • ‘I have no idea how to evaluate these factors so I'm just going to concentrate on the moral issue.’
    • ‘Michael evaluates the idea for a brief period before realizing how ridiculous it is.’
    • ‘You have to evaluate its value relative to all of the other things you already have.’
    • ‘Perhaps a way to evaluate an educational system is to look at the success of its graduates.’
    • ‘The first phase will evaluate and assess the current status of the Egyptian insurance market.’
    • ‘The personnel in the stall are also quick in evaluating the audience.’
    • ‘The learning system constantly evolves new behaviors in the test knowledge base and evaluates them against its simulation model.’
    • ‘It's now essential to create an innovation management system that evaluates new ideas, culling and implementing the keepers and discarding the rest.’
    assess, assess the worth of, put a price on, put a value on
    judge, gauge, rate, estimate, appraise, form an opinion of, check something out, form an impression of, make up one's mind about, get the measure of, weigh up, analyse
    size up
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  • 2Mathematics
    Find a numerical expression or equivalent for (an equation, formula, or function):

    ‘substitute numbers in a simple formula and evaluate the answer’
    • ‘The duration of the growth response was evaluated on elongation rate graphs.’
    • ‘This quantum calculation evaluates certain mathematical functions in one operation, although a conventional computer would require two.’
    • ‘If the expression evaluates to true, then the module gets replaced by the right side of the production.’
    • ‘The process goes to sleep only if the expression evaluates to false.’
    • ‘This function evaluates to true only when both inputs are true, and false with any other combination of inputs.’


Mid 19th century (earlier ( mid 18th century) as evaluation): from French évaluer, from es- (from Latin ex-) out, from + Old French value value.