guess

verb
\ ˈges How to pronounce guess (audio) \
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 How to pronounce guess (audio) \ adjective
guesser noun

Synonyms for guess

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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 For all of the music lovers out there, download the free Songpop 2 and see who can guess the song faster. Julia Marzovilla, Marie Claire, "15 Apps to Play With Friends That Aren't Lame," 6 Jan. 2021 Who starts against Fresno State on Sept. 4 is anyone’s guess. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "10 takeaways from Oregon’s loss to Iowa State in Fiesta Bowl," 4 Jan. 2021 The White House denied it, but the Washington Post's Miriam Berger reported that Dutch prosecutors said the hacker really did guess Trump's password on only his fifth try. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, "12 wild things that you may have forgotten actually happened in 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 Jeong's first impressions guess from earlier in the season was Bradley Cooper, but clues have since led him to settle on Lachey. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "'The Masked Singer' finale recap: Sun eclipses competition, rises above Crocodile, Mushroom," 17 Dec. 2020 This version includes 1700 guess words and phrases, as well as eight dry, erase markers, sketchbooks, cleaning cloths, and one 60-second timer. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Best board games: Five things to consider," 10 Dec. 2020 Fortunately, VMware did not design the affected systems with the option to use default passwords that would be trivially easy for attackers to guess. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "The NSA Warns That Russia Is Attacking Remote Work Platforms," 7 Dec. 2020 Chandler doesn't like Thanksgiving and guess who doesn't like dogs either? Marianne Garvey, CNN, "Revisiting the 'Friends' Thanksgiving episodes may sweeten the holiday," 26 Nov. 2020 What this tool can’t tell you: A few factors in the model might be difficult for an average user to guess before an event, like the percent effectiveness of the masks that other people will be wearing. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Five Online Tools for Evaluating Covid-19 Risk Ahead of the Holidays," 18 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My guess is that the OSU pass rush wouldn’t get to Trevor Lawrence or Mac Jones as much as necessary. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "The incomplete evaluation of Ohio State football can be finished only with a Clemson rematch: Doug Lesmerises," 20 Dec. 2020 My guess is, going forward, those candidates who are interested in running for president in 2024 are going to have to find their voice and speak out more forcefully. NBC News, "Meet the Press - December 13, 2020," 13 Dec. 2020 My guess is the retrumplicans dont quit...because this was never about loyalty or law... Fox News, "CNN's Cuomo cheers SCOTUS rejection of Texas case: 'Trumpers lost ... packing the court didn't beat justice'," 12 Dec. 2020 My guess is that some Sunday morning in early January, Trump will motorcade out to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, for one of his frequent rounds of golf. Eric Zorn, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Trump likely won’t give us the White House eviction craved by so many," 3 Dec. 2020 My guess is because spring water has been open for centuries, long before a bubbler was invented, and the ducks are used to going to them during a freeze up. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "How to Kill the Smartest, Most Pressured Mallards," 3 Dec. 2020 And considering the gondola company is funded by former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt — who infamously bankrupted the Dodgers while allegedly extracting $189 million from the team for personal use — my guess is the gondola never happens. Sammy Roth Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Boiling Point: It’s been a wild ride for the natural gas industry. What comes next?," 3 Dec. 2020 My guess would be that the damage was done by chinch bugs, but there’s no way to prove it at this point. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Neil Sperry: Christmas cactus blooms closer to Thanksgiving," 3 Dec. 2020 My retrospectively pathetic guess was Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Eric Zorn, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Readers and I actually did OK predicting the news of the unexpectedly awful 2020," 24 Dec. 2020

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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 and Noun

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

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The first known use of guess was in the 14th century

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14 Jan 2021

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“Guess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guess. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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guess

verb
How to pronounce guess (audio)

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
chiefly US, informal : 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 How to pronounce guess (audio) \
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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