adjudicate ad‧ju‧di‧cate [əˈdʒuːdɪkeɪt] verb [intransitive, transitive] LAW
1. to officially decide who is right in an argument between two groups or organizations:

• The union has offered to adjudicate the claim.

adjudicate on

• The court refused to adjudicate on the issue until all construction activities on the disputed site had ceased.

2. be adjudicated bankrupt to be judged by a court of law to be unable to pay debts
— adjudication noun [uncountable] :

• This is a matter for adjudication.

— adjudicator noun [countable] :

• an impartial adjudicator

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adjudicate UK US /əˈdʒuːdɪkeɪt/ verb [I or T] LAW
to make an official decision about something, especially about who is right in a disagreement: »

A panel of expert judges has been appointed to adjudicate the community service awards.

adjudicate on sth »

Arbitration panels will adjudicate on contract disputes.

adjudicate between sb and sb »

It is the duty of government to adjudicate between the conflicting demands of different sections of society.

adjudicate sb bankrupt — Cf. adjudicate sb bankrupt

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Adjudicate — Ad*ju di*cate, v. i. To come to a judicial decision; as, the court adjudicated upon the case. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adjudicate — (v.) 1700, from L. adjudicatus, pp. of adjudicare (see ADJUDGE (Cf. adjudge)). Related: Adjudicated; adjudicating …   Etymology dictionary

  • adjudicate — adjudge, *judge, arbitrate Analogous words: determine, settle, rule (see DECIDE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • adjudicate — [v] formally judge adjudge, arbitrate, decide, determine, mediate, referee, settle, umpire; concepts 18,317 Ant. defer, dodge, ignore, not judge …   New thesaurus

  • adjudicate — ► VERB 1) make a formal judgement on a disputed matter. 2) judge a competition. DERIVATIVES adjudication noun adjudicative adjective adjudicator noun. ORIGIN Latin adjudicare adjudge …   English terms dictionary

  • adjudicate — [ə jo͞o′di kāt΄] vt. adjudicated, adjudicating [< L adjudicatus, pp. of adjudicare: see ADJUDGE] to hear and decide (a case); adjudge vi. to serve as a judge (in or on a dispute or problem) adjudicator n. adjudicatory [ə jo͞o′dəkə tôr΄ē] adj …   English World dictionary

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