es·​ti·​ma·​tion | \ ˌe-stə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce estimation (audio) \

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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Other state, city leaders take action At least 138 Confederate symbols have been removed across the nation since 2015, according to an estimation by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Grace Oldham, azcentral, "Gov. Ducey mum as calls for removal of Confederate monument at Arizona Capitol grow," 16 June 2020 In SK-II’s estimation, beauty shouldn’t be a competitive sport. Samantha Barry, Glamour, "At the Makers Conference, This Year’s Takeaway: Beauty Shouldn’t Be a Competitive Sport," 24 Feb. 2020 There’s a catch here: To get the initial estimation of your maximum heart rate, Orangetheory uses the Tanaka equation, which is 208 minus 0.7 x your age. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "8 Things You Should Know Before Your First Orangetheory Class," 4 Dec. 2019 In your estimation, what was the key to your pitch that ultimately landed you the movie? Hmm, that’s another good question. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Bird of Prey' Filmmaker Cathy Yan Reflects on Box Office and Scene She Fought For," 3 Apr. 2020 The beach, in her estimation, is one of the most dangerous places to be these days, as the novel coronavirus marches silently across California. Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus at beaches? Surfers, swimmers should stay away, scientist says," 2 Apr. 2020 Okudah, by almost unanimous estimation, fits that description. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Jeff Okudah taken No. 3 in NFL Draft by Detroit Lions: Ohio State football," 24 Apr. 2020 Denise Fair, Detroit's chief public health officer, said Friday that the ZIP code data still are huge under-estimations. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Family ravaged by coronavirus begged for tests, hospital care, but was repeatedly denied," 19 Apr. 2020 The vice president said the guideline extension could help push death estimations down if people continue to follow the social distancing recommendations. John Gage, Washington Examiner, "Pence: Italy coronavirus outbreak 'may be the most comparable' to US," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of estimation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jun 2020

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“Estimation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of estimation

formal : 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 How to pronounce estimation (audio) \

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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