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verb \ˈges\

Simple Definition of guess

  • : to form an opinion or give an answer about something when you do not know much or anything about it

  • : to guess (something) correctly : to make a correct conclusion about (someone or something) by chance

  • : to suppose or think (something)

Full Definition of guess

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to form an opinion of from little or no evidence

  3. 2 :  believe, suppose <I guess you're right>

  4. 3 :  to arrive at a correct conclusion about by conjecture, chance, or intuition <guess the answer>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to make a guess

guess·able play \ˈge-sə-bəl\ adjective
guess·er noun

Examples of guess

  1. Can you guess how many people were there?

  2. He guessed that it would rain today.

  3. It was colder and windier than I had guessed it would be.

  4. She can only guess what he meant.

  5. I had to choose one, and I guessed right.

  6. If you can't think of an answer, guess.

  7. I just heard why he left her. Let me guess—another woman.

  8. As you might have guessed, her parents are not happy about her decision.

  9. We can only guess at what really happened.

  10. She guessed my age on her first try.

Origin of guess

Middle English gessen, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian & Swedish gissa to guess, Middle Dutch gissen, gessen, Old Norse geta to get, guess — more at get

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with guess




Simple Definition of guess

  • : an attempt to give an opinion or answer about something when you do not know much about it or are not sure about it

Full Definition of guess

Examples of guess

  1. I'm not sure how old he is, but I'm willing to hazard a guess.

  2. My guess is that he'll change his story when he realizes how much trouble he's in.

14th Century

First Known Use of guess

14th century

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February 8, 2016

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