estimate

verb
es·ti·mate | \ ˈe-stə-ˌmāt \
estimated; estimating

Definition of estimate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 archaic

a : esteem

b : appraise

2a : to judge tentatively or approximately the value, worth, or significance of

b : to determine roughly the size, extent, or nature of

c : to produce a statement of the approximate cost of

estimate

noun
es·ti·mate | \ ˈe-stə-mət \

Definition of estimate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of appraising or valuing : calculation

2 : an opinion or judgment of the nature, character, or quality of a person or thing had a high estimate of his abilities

3a : a rough or approximate calculation

b : a numerical value obtained from a statistical sample and assigned to a population parameter

4 : a statement of the cost of work to be done

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Verb

estimative \ˈe-stə-ˌmā-tiv \ adjective

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Verb

estimate, appraise, evaluate, value, rate, assess mean to judge something with respect to its worth or significance. estimate implies a judgment, considered or casual, that precedes or takes the place of actual measuring or counting or testing out. estimated the crowd at two hundred appraise commonly implies the fixing by an expert of the monetary worth of a thing, but it may be used of any critical judgment. having their house appraised evaluate suggests an attempt to determine relative or intrinsic worth in terms other than monetary. evaluate a student's work value equals appraise but without implying expertness of judgment. a watercolor valued by the donor at $500 rate adds to estimate the notion of placing a thing according to a scale of values. a highly rated restaurant assess implies a critical appraisal for the purpose of understanding or interpreting, or as a guide in taking action. officials are trying to assess the damage

Examples of estimate in a Sentence

Verb

They estimated the distance at about three miles. We need to estimate how much paint we'll need for the job. The cost of the project has been estimated at about 10 million dollars. He estimates that current oil reserves are 20 percent lower than they were a year ago.

Noun

According to government estimates, current oil reserves are 10 percent lower than they were a year ago. One conservative estimate is that he stole five million dollars. We solicited several estimates for the project. The contractor's estimate for the job seemed high. The company's products are, by general estimate, poorly made.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Mickley estimated that the recount would cost $25,000, shared by the state and county. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "Howard council incumbent seeks recount after two-vote loss," 9 July 2018 It’s estimated that 15 percent of women have slept with their boss. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "We All Owe Monica Lewinsky an Apology," 9 July 2018 It's estimated that by the early 20th century, Halloween was celebrated across North America by the majority of (candy-loving, costume-wearing) people. Marissa Gold, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About the History of Halloween and Why We Celebrate It," 6 July 2018 Statcast estimated the homer's exit velocity at 112 mph. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Joey Gallo's home run lands in Comerica Park concourse," 5 July 2018 To date, royal experts estimate the looks she’s worn could cost a whopping $1 million, which would be paid for by the royal family. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Why Meghan Markle’s Brandon Maxwell Dress Is a Major Break From Her Style Norms," 5 July 2018 Melissa Allen estimated 1,750 people had been served during the four-hour breakfast. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Family entertainment abounds in Bel Air on July 4," 4 July 2018 An Aurora official estimated there were 3,000 parade participants and 5,000 spectators. Susan Keaton, Naperville Sun, "Keaton: Pride Parade was a glorious experience – why not bring it to Naperville?," 28 June 2018 During a press call today, the chair of the review board, Tom Young, estimated that these instances alone pushed the launch back by six months at the cost of roughly $1 million a day. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Webb Space Telescope pushed back again, won’t launch until 2021," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One estimate is that a realistic relocation proposal would have applied to a mere 16,000 asylum-seekers over two years. The Economist, "How policy debates in Europe become untethered from reality," 12 July 2018 The respective studios backing the two new titles are being more conservative in their estimates. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box-Office Preview: 'Hotel Transylvania 3' Could Topple Dwayne Johnson's 'Skyscraper'," 12 July 2018 The cost of demolition alone would be $40 million, by one estimate. Jenna Carlesso, courant.com, "CRDA Receives One Bid For Purchase Of Hartford's Aging XL Center," 29 June 2018 One estimate puts the damage at over $130 billion per year, said Linda Mill, a certified fraud examiner with Ally Bank. Erin Arvedlund, Philly.com, "Philly DA Krasner's new unit to prosecute elder financial abusers," 22 June 2018 Yet this slight statistical advantage does not lessen the brutality women face in a society where 10% of people are, according to one government estimate, said to be in a gang or under the influence of one. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Gangs in El Salvador are using women's bodies for 'revenge and control'," 14 June 2018 But such technology is expensive—about $600 per ton of CO2, by one recent estimate. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: toxic toads, three-parent babies in Singapore, and the hunt for the Lost Colony," 8 June 2018 About two-thirds of Detroit residents — some 115,000 people by one recent estimate — commute to the suburbs for work each day, often in warehouse, retail or other service jobs. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "These Detroiters aren't looking for jobs. Why might surprise you," 8 June 2018 One estimate comes from the General Social Survey, which says about a third of American households ─ and 22 percent of individual adults ─ reported having a firearm in 2014. Jon Schuppe /, NBC News, "What is gun control? What you need to know," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of estimate

Verb

circa 1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for estimate

Verb

Latin aestimatus, past participle of aestimare to value, estimate

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estimate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of estimate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to give or form a general idea about the value, size, or cost of (something) : to make an estimate of (something)

estimate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of estimate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a guess that you make based on the information you have about the size, amount, etc., of something

: a statement about how much a job will cost

: an opinion or judgment about how good or bad something is

estimate

verb
es·ti·mate | \ ˈe-stə-ˌmāt \
estimated; estimating

Kids Definition of estimate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to give or form a general idea of (as the value, size, or cost of something)

estimate

noun
es·ti·mate | \ ˈe-stə-mət \

Kids Definition of estimate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an opinion or judgment especially of the value or quality of something In my estimate, the product is poorly made.

2 : an approximation of the size or cost of something

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