es·ti·ma·tion | \ ˌe-stə-ˈmā-shən \

Definition of estimation 

1 : judgment, opinion a poor choice in my estimation

2a : the act of estimating something

b : the value, amount, or size arrived at in an estimate

3 : esteem, honor

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Synonyms & Antonyms for estimation


account, admiration, appreciation, esteem, favor, regard, respect



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Examples of estimation in a Sentence

This is not, in my estimation, an efficient use of our resources. She went down in her supporters' estimation after she voted against the plan. Planning the project requires careful cost estimation.
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The most competitive category heading into the announcement, in my estimation, was best variety talk series, which pits all of late night's hosts — of which there is now an unprecedented number — against one another. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Netflix and HBO Set to Compete on Equal Footing," 12 July 2018 In her estimation, the festival took a risk by booking the then-massively popular country-pop act. Dan Hyman,, "Pitbull is at Naperville Ribfest in a bold move that also makes a lot of sense," 28 June 2018 In our estimation, this is a direction worth following. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Chardonnay, the Oregon Way," 14 June 2018 The same goes for your estimation of her show in the first place. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Roseanne Barr and the new political correctness," 29 May 2018 DENVER - By his own estimation, Brewers leadoff hitter Lorenzo Cain had swung at the first pitch of a game three times all season. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In need of a spark, Brewers' offense got going with big bang that defied scouting report," 11 May 2018 And that, by his own estimation, is what he was employed to do. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Pochettino Has Mastered the Process. A Prize, Any Prize, Still Eludes Him.," 21 Apr. 2018 Wellington increased its own estimation of Mozido’s worth nearly threefold in the 18 months following Mr. Adams’ initial investment, according to investor materials reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Rob Copeland, WSJ, "Mozido Founder Accused of Stealing Millions to Fund Luxurious Lifestyle," 2 Apr. 2018 According to official estimation, about 200 young men have joined rebel ranks, some of them after snatching weapons from soldiers and police, since Wani's killing. Fox News, "Strike, curfew shuts Kashmir on rebel's death anniversary," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of estimation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of estimation

: a judgment or opinion about something

: the act of judging the size, amount, cost, etc., of something : the act of estimating something

: a guess about the size, amount, cost, etc., of something


es·ti·ma·tion | \ ˌe-stə-ˈmā-shən \

Kids Definition of estimation

1 : the act of making a judgment especially of value, size, or cost an estimation of expenses

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