February 25, 2012
evaluate (verb)
\ih-VAL-yoo-ayt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to find the value of2 : to decide the value or worth of after study
How do you use it?
Our assignment was to set up an experiment that would help us evaluate how well certain substances conduct electricity.
Are you a word wiz?

Please evaluate the following words, and tell us which one you think is a synonym of "evaluate."

If evaluation of the choices led you to pick C, you assessed your options well! Both "evaluate" and "assess," along with "appraise," have to do with judging something with respect to its worth or significance. "Evaluate" is used when someone is trying to determine the worth of something in terms other than value in money, while "assess" is used when someone is studying something in order to understand or interpret it, or to decide what to do about it, as in "assessing the situation." "Appraise" is used when an expert is saying how much a thing is worth, as in "hire someone to appraise the house."
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