estimate

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

Definition of estimate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
3 archaic
a : esteem

estimate

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

Definition of estimate (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a rough or approximate calculation
b : a numerical value obtained from a statistical sample and assigned to a population parameter
2 : a statement of the cost of work to be done
3 : an opinion or judgment of the nature, character, or quality of a person or thing had a high estimate of his abilities
4 : the act of appraising or valuing : calculation

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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 Proceeds from the casino would benefit the estimated 460 tribe members, most of whom reside in Virginia. Jessica Contrera, Washington Post, "Virginia’s Pamunkey Indian tribe seeks to build $350 million Richmond casino," 18 Jan. 2020 Library officials estimate this process will take about a year and will include community input in the process. cleveland, "Avon Library Levy Issue 12 campaign kicks off: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 18 Jan. 2020 The complaints about the issue include all three models Tesla sells and potentially could cover about 500,000 vehicles, regulators estimate, or nearly all of the cars the company has sold in the U.S. since launching its Model S large sedan in 2012. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Tesla Unintended-Acceleration Claims to be Reviewed by U.S. Regulators," 17 Jan. 2020 The research, published in Giga Science, notes the giant squid has an enormous genome, with an estimated 2.7 billion DNA base pairs. Fox News, "Scientists unlock secrets about mysterious giant squid," 17 Jan. 2020 In past years, estimated crowds of more than 100,000 people of all races and creeds have attended the event, which begins at 8 a.m. with a pre-march early morning worship program outside the academy. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio honors Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with 33rd official march," 17 Jan. 2020 Local officials encountered a separate caravan of migrants estimated to be double the size of the other about 100 miles southwest of Cinchado on Thursday. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "US ICE agents and Guatemalan police bus caravan members back to Honduras," 17 Jan. 2020 Its residents are 32 percent white, 25 percent Hispanic, 21 percent Asian and 20 percent African American, according to 2018 Census Bureau estimates, and about a quarter of the population is foreign born. NBC News, "Flipping the Texas House: Inside Democrats' effort to turn a red state blue," 17 Jan. 2020 The current time estimates construction would begin by 2023 and finish in 2027. oregonlive, "Rose Quarter freeway decision should wait until March, transportation commission chair says," 17 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There are few reliable estimates of the national population, but over 400,000 are hunted each year. The Economist, "City critters Unpacking the rise of urban coyotes," 18 Jan. 2020 Government officials didn’t have an estimate of how many refugees would be willing to be relocated to the island. Washington Post, "Bangladesh says once-submerged island ready for Rohingya," 17 Jan. 2020 Government officials didn’t have an estimate of how many refugees would be willing to be relocated to the island. Time, "Bangladesh Says Regularly Submerged Silt Island Now Ready for Rohingya," 17 Jan. 2020 For this study, the researchers built computer models to create more accurate representations of the actual conditions in 50 river basins across the globe to provide a more accurate estimate of emissions under varying conditions. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Auburn researchers highlight fertilizer impact on climate change," 15 Jan. 2020 That beat the $2.36 average estimate of 23 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Michelle F. Davis, Fortune, "JPMorgan Trading Surge Helps Fuel Most Profitable Year Ever," 14 Jan. 2020 The most important edge is that Warren has put together—in the estimate of both rival campaigns and neutral Iowa experts—the best team of organizers. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Don’t Count Elizabeth Warren Out," 14 Jan. 2020 The photos were collected as part of the DC Cat Count, a program that aims to produce a population estimate of domestic and feral felines in the area. National Geographic, "Bobcat spotted roaming Washington D.C. in rare sighting," 14 Jan. 2020 Even a conservative estimate of all these subscriptions puts a monthly bill at about $75. Eric Ravenscraft, New York Times, "How to Navigate a Flood of Streaming TV Subscriptions," 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of estimate

Verb

circa 1532, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Noun

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for estimate

Verb

Latin aestimatus, past participle of aestimare to value, estimate

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The first known use of estimate was circa 1532

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Last Updated

21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Estimate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/estimating. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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estimate

verb
How to pronounce estimate (audio)

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
How to pronounce estimate (audio)

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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