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adjudicate (v.)

1700, a back-formation from adjudication, or else from Latin adiudicatus, past participle of adiudicare "grant or award as a judge" (see adjudge). Related: Adjudicated; adjudicating.

updated on October 30, 2016

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Definitions of adjudicate from WordNet

adjudicate (v.)
put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of;
Synonyms: judge / try
adjudicate (v.)
bring to an end; settle conclusively;
The father adjudicated when the sons were quarreling over their inheritance
Synonyms: decide / settle / resolve
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