guess

1 of 2

verb

guessed; guessing; guesses

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.
guessable adjective
guesser noun

guess

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noun

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
See what’s inside each by way of breathable mesh panels, so there’s no guessing the contents of each cube. Alesandra Dubin, Travel + Leisure, 14 July 2024 Readers love to try and guess what’s coming next, so the author’s job is to stay one step ahead of them. Jd Barker, Rolling Stone, 12 July 2024
Noun
And none of this is scientific, just my best guesses after talking to and reading what Dodgers fans have to say over the years. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2024 Miss Manners' guess is that this would be considered charming loyalty from a supportive spouse — whom nobody would doubt is also a person in his own right. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for guess 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Guess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guess. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

guess

verb
ˈges
1
: to form an opinion from little or no evidence
2
: to solve correctly by or as if by chance
we guessed the riddle
3
: believe sense 5, suppose
I guess you're right
guess noun
guesser noun

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