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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Other Words from estimate

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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Over the course of a woman’s life, she is estimated to spend 13 percent more on necessary personal care products compared to men. Jordana Kier And Alex Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tampon Tax Is Just Another Example of Women's Inequality," 7 Dec. 2018 Borderline personality disorder, otherwise known as BPD, is a mental illness that is estimated to affect 1.6 percent of U.S. adults, though that number may be as high at 5.9 percent. Molly Burford, Allure, "9 Things You Should Know About Borderline Personality Disorder, From Someone Who Has It," 8 Oct. 2018 The Price Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding is estimated to cost around $3 million, which is a whole lot less than Harry and Meghan's reported $43 million. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "How Similar Will Princess Eugenie and Meghan Markle's Weddings Actually Be?," 28 Sep. 2018 Each year, an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastics end up in the ocean, according to the advocacy group Ocean Conservancy. Tabor Wordelman, Teen Vogue, "You Can't Just "Clean Up" the Plastic in the Ocean. Here's Why.," 18 Dec. 2018 The gown will be auctioned off by Kerry Taylor Auctions of Bermondsey, South London, and its value has been estimated at between between £80,000 and £100,000. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "A Princess Diana Dress That Was Bought Used for £200 in 1994 Is Now On Sale for £100K," 2 Dec. 2018 In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the number of children with food allergies jumped 50% from 1997 to 2011. Jessica Migala, Woman's Day, "How to Keep Your Kids Safe From Food Allergies," 19 Nov. 2018 There are an estimated 430 North Atlantic right whales, with just 100 females capable of reproduction. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Is Limiting Noisier Activities to Protect an Endangered Whale," 15 Nov. 2018 Last year, the American Farm Bureau Federation estimated the average Thanksgiving dinner costs just $49.12. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "I Cooked Thanksgiving Dinner From a Box. Here's How It Went Over With My Friends.," 1 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cost estimates for any policy in Washington are manipulated for political purposes, and the benefits of more spending or lower taxes or easier money from the Federal Reserve are never perfectly matched to the timing of costs. WSJ, "Not All Deficits Spur Growth With Such Gusto," 27 Dec. 2018 Verify your pickup and drop-off locations, and the app gives you an estimate for your car’s arrival. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Riding in Waymo One, the Google spinoff’s first self-driving taxi service," 5 Dec. 2018 Even within the scope of the U.S., the estimates for how many jobs could be lost in a single year vary widely. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Why no one really knows how many jobs automation will replace," 20 Oct. 2018 Fong told the California paper that the agency’s estimates for future inflation are based on a composite of figures from Moody’s, the California Department of Transportation, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Department of Energy. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "California bullet train project on track to blow through billions of more dollars," 31 Aug. 2018 Energy exports through the port will grow from about 4 million barrels a day in 2018 to more than 9 million barrels by 2025, the coalition estimates, worth $218 billion. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "Fight Brews in Houston’s Port Over Energy Exports," 19 Dec. 2018 For both battery life estimates, LG is using a newer version of the MobileMark benchmark tool than in the past when the company used outdated software for impressive-but-inaccurate battery figures. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "LG officially announces its ultralight 17-inch Gram laptop," 12 Dec. 2018 The 2007 National Comorbidity Survey Replication published in Biological Psychiatry offers an estimate of how many people have BPD. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "13 Facts Everyone Should Know About Borderline Personality Disorder," 5 Dec. 2018 The company said net sales rose 8.7% to $6.42 billion and same-store sales grew 2.8%, both beating analysts’ estimates. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Dollar General Focuses on Food as It Eyes Expansion," 4 Dec. 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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