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

In January, Remind officials estimated 250 teachers and 6,000 parents and students in District 203 were using its free service. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "D203 revives policy to restrict staff communication with students, new Remind app will send texts," 7 June 2019 Human Solutions estimated that its operational costs will be about $1 million a year. oregonlive.com, "40-room family shelter to open this month in Southeast Portland," 6 June 2019 Lamont and Democrats estimate 40 percent of toll revenue would come from out-of-state drivers. Shannon Larson, courant.com, "Democrats tout legislative achievements, but signal there is still work to be done," 6 June 2019 An estimated 950 San Diego Gas & Electric customers lost power after a car struck a power pole about 9:10 a.m. Thursday at Espola and Valle Verde roads in Poway, according to authorities. Debra Bleile, Pomerado News, "Solo crash knocks out power in Poway," 6 June 2019 To further account for real-life factors, USA TODAY applied the federal tax rate for single filers to each salary figure to estimate elementary teachers’ take-home pay in each metro. USA Today, "'Can't pay their bills with love': For many teaching jobs, teachers' pay can't cover rent," 5 June 2019 Damage was estimated at $2 million and the structure was recently razed. Molly Korzenowski, Twin Cities, "Charges: Minneapolis man accidentally burned down park pavilion with discarded hookah coals," 5 June 2019 In 2018, the brand brought in $570 million in revenue, and the outlet estimates that Fenty is collectively worth more than $3 billion. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Rihanna Is Now the World's Richest Female Musician, Thanks to Her Popular Fenty Beauty Line," 4 June 2019 The festival, first held in 2004, was backed for years by then-Councilman Zack Reed and attendance in recent years was estimated at 20,000. Robert Higgs, cleveland.com, "Family Unity In The Park to make return as two-day festival in July," 4 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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