judge noun

1 applies the law

ADJ. experienced | learned | senior | presiding, trial | deputy | appeal (court), appellate, circuit, county court, district, federal, High Court, Supreme Court

VERB + JUDGE be, sit as By next year you could be sitting as a High Court judge. | appoint (sb as)

JUDGE + VERB preside, sit Which judge will be sitting next week? | call sb The judge called the remaining witness for the Crown. | direct sb The judge must direct the jury on points of law. | consider sth | accept sth, admit sth The judge admitted the notes of the interview as evidence. | dismiss sth, refuse sth, reject sth The trial judge dismissed her compensation claim. | conclude sth, decide sth, find sth, hold sth, rule sth, uphold sth The judge held that the company had been negligent. | sum up The judge summed up and the jury retired to consider its verdict. | sentence sb | order sth The judge ordered the company to pay compensation to the claimant. | award (sb) sth, grant (sb) sth The judge awarded him damages of £20,000.

2 decides who has won a competition

ADJ. competition | independent

QUANT. panel a panel of independent judges

VERB + JUDGE choose sb/sth, decide sth

PHRASES the judges' decision The judges' decision on the entries is final.

3 has the ability/knowledge to give an opinion

ADJ. astute, good, great, shrewd You are the best judge of what your body needs. a shrewd judge of character | poor | impartial

PREP. ~ of He is a good judge of footballing talent.