verb (used with object), ad·judged, ad·judg·ing.
- to declare or pronounce formally; decree: The will was adjudged void.
- to award or assign judicially: The prize was adjudged to him.
- to decide by a judicial opinion or sentence: to adjudge a case.
- to sentence or condemn: He was adjudged to die.
- to deem; consider; think: It was adjudged wise to avoid war.
verb (tr; usually passive)
- to pronounce formally; declarehe was adjudged the winner
- to determine judicially; judge
- to order or pronounce by law; decreehe was adjudged bankrupt
- to award (costs, damages, etc)
- archaic to sentence or condemn
late 14c., “to make a judicial decision,” from Old French ajugier “to judge, pass judgment on,” from Latin adiudicare “grant or award as a judge,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + iudicare “to judge,” which is related to iudicem (see judge (v.)). Sense of “to have an opinion” is from c.1400. Related: Adjudged; adjudging.