To form an opinion or estimation of after careful consideration: judge heights; judging character. Law To hear and decide on in a court of law; try: judge a case. Obsolete To pass sentence on; condemn. To act as one appointed to decide the winners of: judge an essay contest. To determine or declare after consideration or deliberation. Informal To have as an opinion or assumption; suppose: I judge you're right. Bible To govern; rule. Used of an ancient Israelite leader. To form an opinion or evaluation. To act or decide as a judge. One who judges, especially: One who makes estimates as to worth, quality, or fitness: a good judge of used cars; a poor judge of character. Law A public official who hears and decides cases brought before a court of law. Law A bankruptcy referee. One appointed to decide the winners of a contest or competition. Bible A leader of the Israelites during a period of about 400 years between the death of Joshua and the accession of Saul. Bible See Table at Bible.