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 Camp operators say its too soon to guess how the total capacity for campers in Massachusetts will compare with previous years. Andy Rosen, BostonGlobe.com, "Competition for summer camp spots is heating up, despite many uncertainties," 9 Feb. 2021 The celebrity musical show gives panelists Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke the chance to guess the celebrity behind elaborate costumes. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Nick Cannon has tested positive for COVID-19," 4 Feb. 2021 But there’s no need to guess about the 49ers’ interest in having Watson play for them. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, "Will the 49ers 'do whatever it takes' to land Deshaun Watson?," 28 Jan. 2021 When asked about the cost discrepancy, Glick said that when the city embarks on a new kind of project, officials have to guess at the cost. Star Tribune Staff, Star Tribune, "Metro briefs: Robbinsdale underestimates cattail removal cost," 23 Jan. 2021 Contestants have 30 seconds to guess all the answers. Lauren Hill, chicagotribune.com, "What we’re watching: From ‘Walker’ reboot to Brit hit ‘The Sister’," 22 Jan. 2021 Contestants are Americans who live in Australia, who try to guess songs based on various clues. oregonlive, "Come on down! Why TV primetime game shows are booming in the pandemic era," 21 Jan. 2021 Consider playing Fibbage, the game where your friends try to guess your lies, or Quiplash, a trivia game. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "Virtual Birthday Party Ideas for Your Big Day In Quarantine," 4 Jan. 2021 Don't just look at the contraptions and try to guess, analyze the shape of each part of the flute tower and think about what would make one fill up quicker than the other. Christy Piña, Woman's Day, "Can You Guess Which Champagne Flute Will Fill Up First in This New Year's Eve Puzzle?," 29 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What Trump will be doing in the Peach State is anyone’s guess. Stuart Emmrich, Vogue, "As Trump Rages and Threatens, Georgia Democrats Aim to Deal His Presidency a Final Blow," 4 Jan. 2021 How this new era of drug companies will run, however, is anyone’s guess. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "Moderna and BioNTech are changing pharma with drastically different business models," 23 Dec. 2020 How that's going to help citizens in Minneapolis is anybody's guess. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: Minneapolis," 14 Dec. 2020 Where the money will come from for the necessary, multiyear rebuild is anyone’s guess. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Nothing Lasts Forever," 4 Dec. 2020 Whether Congress extends benefits past December is anyone’s guess. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "At least 750,000 Californians could lose unemployment benefits by end of 2020," 19 Nov. 2020 Live star has been a guess in past season, but this could be the first time its correct. Leah Rocketto, Woman's Day, "Who is Broccoli on 'The Masked Singer'? No, It's Not a Teen Like The Clues Imply," 29 Oct. 2020 How many of them will actually fill out and return those ballots is anyone’s guess. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Early voting figures pass 2016 total, with five days still remaining," 26 Oct. 2020 What this will mean for the company’s commercial decisions or corporate governance is anyone’s guess. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Behold the Mighty Ant," 26 Oct. 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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19 Feb 2021

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“Guess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guess. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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
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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