judge-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: act as an official judge; determine the results of a competition or legal case

NOTE: Use: assess something (e.g. contest, competition, or legal case) for an official decision

She was asked to judge the fancy-dress competition.
I have also judged pageant where I've known a contestant.
The Belgian court was competent to judge the case.
By strict law it would be necessary to empirically determine and legally judge that the defendant is incapable.

PropBank: judge.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 5

Sense Number 2: form an opinion, estimate, or conclusion; decide

She judged pageants a waste of time.
They quickly judged him unfit to join the team.
Each proposal has to be judged on its own merit.
So far, he seems to be handling the job well, but it's really too soon to judge.
It's difficult to judge whether the new system really is an improvement.
You can't always judge people's ages by their voices.
I'm hopeless at judging distances.
Researchers tested the theory by asking subjects to judge the weight of a box.

PropBank: judge.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3, 4