guess

verb
\ˈges \
guessed; guessing; guesses

Definition of guess 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to form an opinion of from little or no evidence She could only guess what he meant.

2 : believe, suppose I guess you're right

3 : to arrive at a correct conclusion about by conjecture, chance, or intuition guess the answer

intransitive verb

: to make a guess We can only guess at what really happened.

guess

noun

Definition of guess (Entry 2 of 2)

: conjecture, surmise I don't know how old you are, but I'll venture a guess.

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Other Words from guess

Verb

guessable \ˈge-sə-bəl \ adjective
guesser noun

Synonyms for guess

Synonyms: Verb

believe, conceive, consider, deem, esteem, feel, figure, hold, imagine, judge, reckon [chiefly dialect], suppose, think

Synonyms: Noun

conjecture, shot, supposition, surmise

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Examples of guess in a Sentence

Verb

Can you guess how many people were there? He guessed that it would rain today. It was colder and windier than I had guessed it would be. She can only guess what he meant. I had to choose one, and I guessed right. If you can't think of an answer, guess. “I just heard why he left her.” “Let me guess—another woman.” As you might have guessed, her parents are not happy about her decision. We can only guess at what really happened. She guessed my age on her first try.

Noun

I'm not sure how old he is, but I'm willing to hazard a guess. My guess is that he'll change his story when he realizes how much trouble he's in.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At this point, Trump's attorneys are only guessing about Mueller's intent regarding any subpoena for the President. Gloria Borger, CNN, "President Trump's legal team plots next move following the North Korea summit," 13 June 2018 The images were screenshot by makeup news account Trendmood, which guessed that this may mean that KKW Beauty eyeliners are coming soon. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Teased a Possible KKW Beauty Eyeliner Launch on Instagram," 12 July 2018 In early rounds, one team member provides clues to two partners to help them guess a list of five words using fewer than 25 clue words. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Meredith Vieira hosts '25 Words or Less' on WOFL," 11 July 2018 More often than not, the goalkeeper needs to guess — in advance — which way the ball is going. Umair Irfan, Vox, "World Cup shootouts: why the team that goes first usually wins," 11 July 2018 Who would have guessed automatic word wrap was a 2018 new feature? Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Maybe We Should Be Storing Everything as Plain Text," 13 July 2018 Lovullo guessed that the injury might have occurred on pitch No. 33 or No. 34. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Shelby Miller hurt again as Diamondbacks are trounced," 11 July 2018 And after a few weeks of blissful silence, guess who’s back? Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Hurled DNA Kits, "Handmaidens," and More (Mostly Bad) News from Washington This Week," 8 July 2018 The sharp-eyed reader will have guessed the identity of one of his acolytes: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (pictured left). The Economist, "When Arthur Conan Doyle cried “J’Accuse…!”," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As previously mentioned, my early guess is 35-37 victories. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls Q&A: Should Wendell Carter Jr. enter Hall of Fame this week or next? What's the starting lineup?," 12 July 2018 My only guess is that the creators of this movie had some real dirt on the people who signed up for it. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Speaking of ‘Life Itself,’ Here Are 5 Bad Movies With Great Casts," 10 July 2018 If that doesn't work, my next guess would be a coil, followed by a new or rebuilt distributor. Ray Magliozzi, courant.com, "Car Talk: Neighbor's Dangerous Habit Is Driving With His Lights Off," 15 June 2018 Our son is currently into orange, and his parents react differently when his guess reflects this. Jen Gann, The Cut, "Watching My Husband Become a Weird Dad," 14 June 2018 But what menu item flies off from behind the counter faster than everything else? Got your guess in mind? Perri Ormont Blumberg, ajc, "This is the most popular item at Chick-fil-A," 22 May 2018 Fans were quick to demand details, blowing up the comments section with their guesses. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Fenty Beauty Teases New Stunna Lip Paint Shades on Instagram," 30 Apr. 2018 My guess is the Browns want everyone guessing about the No. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns Draft Scribbles: Considering some rumors -- Terry Pluto (video)," 26 Apr. 2018 Last week, Patterson's attorney, Thomas Mars, told the Free Press his best guess was the case would be resolved by the end of the month. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Report: Michigan QB Shea Patterson rebutted Ole Miss objection in NCAA letter," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of guess

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for guess

Verb

Middle English gessen, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian & Swedish gissa to guess, Middle Dutch gissen, gessen, Old Norse geta to get, guess — more at get

Noun

see guess entry 1

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guess

verb

English Language Learners Definition of guess

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to form an opinion or give an answer about something when you do not know much or anything about it

: to guess (something) correctly : to make a correct conclusion about (someone or something) by chance

: to suppose or think (something)

guess

noun

English Language Learners Definition of guess (Entry 2 of 2)

: an attempt to give an opinion or answer about something when you do not know much about it or are not sure about it

guess

verb
\ˈges \
guessed; guessing

Kids Definition of guess

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to form an opinion or give an answer about from little or no information Guess what I got for my birthday.

2 : to solve correctly mainly by chance I guessed the riddle.

3 : think sense 1, suppose Are you ready? I guess so.

Other Words from guess

guesser noun

guess

noun

Kids Definition of guess (Entry 2 of 2)

: an opinion or answer that is reached with little information or by chance

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