verb (used with object), ad·ju·di·cat·ed, ad·ju·di·cat·ing.
- to pronounce or decree by judicial sentence.
- to settle or determine (an issue or dispute) judicially.
verb (used without object), ad·ju·di·cat·ed, ad·ju·di·cat·ing.
- to sit in judgment (usually followed by upon).
- (when intr, usually foll by upon) to give a decision (on), esp a formal or binding one
- (intr) to act as an adjudicator
- (tr) chess to determine the likely result of (a game) by counting relative value of pieces, positional strength, etc
- (intr) to serve as a judge or arbiter, as in a competition
1700, from Latin adjudicatus, past participle of adjudicare (see adjudge). Related: Adjudicated; adjudicating.