estimate

verb
es·​ti·​mate | \ ˈe-stə-ˌmāt How to pronounce estimate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce estimate (audio) \

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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Other Words from estimate

Verb

estimative \ ˈe-​stə-​ˌmā-​tiv How to pronounce estimative (audio) \ 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

Gou ranks among Taiwan’s richest people with a fortune estimated by Forbes at $7.8 billion. Johnson Lai, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Foxconn chairman Terry Gou stepping down amid talks of political bid," 21 June 2019 Gou ranks among Taiwan's richest people with a fortune estimated by Forbes at $7.8 billion. Johnson Lai, chicagotribune.com, "Foxconn chairman plans to resign, could run for Taiwan presidency," 21 June 2019 That’s a small percentage of the city’s general greenhouse gas emissions, which were estimated at 500,000 metric tons in 2012, but every bit helps, city environmental officials have said. Barbara Henry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Encinitas gives initial approval to gas-powered, leaf-blower ban," 20 June 2019 An estimated 14,700 troops on active duty and in the reserves identify as transgender, but not all seek treatment. CBS News, "House votes to block Trump's military transgender ban," 19 June 2019 The county finance director said in a June 12 letter that the total project cost is estimated at $375 million, including bond issue costs and reimbursement of architectural fees already incurred. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "What you need to know about proposed Macomb County Jail project," 19 June 2019 In February, customs agents seized 3,200 pounds (1,451 kilograms) at the Port of New York and New Jersey with a street value estimated at $77 million. Matt Rourke, Twin Cities, "33K pounds of cocaine seized in one of biggest US drug busts," 19 June 2019 Giving by individuals fell an estimated 3.4%, after adjusting for inflation, last year, according to a report released Tuesday by Giving USA. Laura Davison / Bloomberg, Time, "President Trump's Tax Law Has Made Americans Less Generous, Charities Say," 18 June 2019 The extradition proposal ignited a series of mass protests over the past 10 days, including a rally on Sunday that organizers said drew almost two million people to the streets, twice the organizers’ estimated turnout at the previous week’s rally. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "Hong Kong Leader Carrie Lam Makes Apology, Puts Contested Law On Ice," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That estimate can vary widely though, based on federal studies of the crop done before the recent CDB oil craze. Washington Post, "State, federal laws now allow Arizona farmers to grow hemp," 7 June 2019 Arrival and departure times are estimates and depend on several factors including security and river levels. oregonlive.com, "Portland metro Thursday traffic: Fleet arrival bridge lifts slow traffic this afternoon," 6 June 2019 In Cuyahoga County, the switch to an older population has been rapid, with estimates already showing the county has more people 60 and older than younger than 20. Rich Exner, cleveland.com, "Census 2020 expected again to miss thousands of young Ohioans; why it matters," 4 June 2019 The nation’s largest city is losing population for the first time in more than a decade, new federal estimates show. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "New York City’s Population Dips for First Time in Over a Decade," 18 Apr. 2019 Before that, Williams was believed to earn $150,000 per episode, but that estimate came from the website Celebrity Net Worth. Alexis Jones, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Stars Could Be Making Millions Per Episode in the Final Season," 2 Apr. 2019 That estimate doesn’t even include USB sales, which Wilson said reached $20,000 on the first day of availability. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Cody Wilson was Defense Distributed—so who is the organization’s new leader?," 6 Oct. 2018 At the height of its prominence, there are estimates that approximately 10% of Colorado’s male population had membership in the organization, according to Golden History Museum and Park in Golden, Colorado. Taylor Crumpton, Teen Vogue, "The Real-Life Story Behind "BlacKkKlansman"," 10 Aug. 2018 Last year, the research firm had predicted a 22 percent rise in people who have canceled their pay TV service, but have since had to revise that estimate upward. Rani Molla, Recode, "Partnering with Netflix and Hulu hasn’t stopped pay TV providers from losing customers," 24 July 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 How to pronounce estimate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce estimate (audio) \

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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