What does adjudicate mean?
The definition of adjudicate
Ad*ju”di*cate, v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Adjudicated; p. pr. & vb. n.Adjudicating]
Etym: [L. adjudicatus, p. p. of adjudicare. See Adjudge.]

To adjudge; to try and determine, as a court; to settle by judicial decree.

Ad*ju”di*cate, v. i.
To come to a judicial decision; as, the court adjudicated upon the case.