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 Want to guess which of the three is outperforming the pack—and by a wide margin? Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Bitcoin, Ethereum and Big Tech bounce back," 6 May 2021 Since Grail’s test is the only 50-cancer test currently available and no other comparable test is even in development, the FTC has had to guess and use hypothetical data to support its case. Francis Desouza, WSJ, "FTC Imperils a Cancer Breakthrough," 6 May 2021 Chrissy Metz and Scherzinger were able to combine their hunches based on the clue packages and correctly guess that Robopine was singer/songwriter/actor Tyrese. Cydney Lee, Billboard, "Robopine Sheds His Quills for 'Masked Singer' Exit: 'They Kept the Competition Thick'," 5 May 2021 Trying to guess exactly where and when the rocket will re-enter is no simple business, though the U.S. military, for one, is doing its best. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "A Massive Chinese Rocket Will Fall Uncontrollably Back to Earth Soon. It (Probably) Won't Land On You," 5 May 2021 Researchers can only guess if applications, say, once a week or once a month would be enough to create a resilient microbial equilibrium. Elizabeth Svoboda, Scientific American, "Will Probiotics Save Corals or Harm Them?," 1 May 2021 But first the group made fans guess what was going to happen with a mysterious upload on YouTube. Hugh Mcintyre, Forbes, "BTS Announce New Single ‘Butter’ Is Coming In May," 26 Apr. 2021 Jeong, who's a big NBA fan, picked up on Chameleon's sports references to guess Kyrie Irving, as the Brooklyn Nets player is also a budding rapper. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "The Masked Singer recap: Crab and Seashell revealed in double elimination," 22 Apr. 2021 Cons: Will occasionally appear to guess on a play or route and get out of position. USA TODAY, "2021 NFL draft: Safety rankings led by TCU's Trevon Moehrig," 28 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My guess is that the decline of awards ceremonies will continue long after the pandemic has passed, because theatrical viewing itself is in irreversible decline, owing to the rise of streaming. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Golden Globes Should Have Been Deplatformed Long Ago," 11 May 2021 His guess is Colonial’s system for billing customers. Andy Meek, BGR, "Russian cybercriminals just pulled off a devastating attack inside the US," 10 May 2021 Care to take a guess what the return was if someone missed the 10 best days during that 20 years? Carla Fried, Star Tribune, "Market plunging? Leave your 401(k) alone," 1 May 2021 Meanwhile, take a wild guess as to how some QAnon followers responded to Ivanka Trump’s photo. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, "Ivanka Trump Posts Covid-19 Vaccination Photo, Here Are Responses From QAnon Followers," 17 Apr. 2021 This spring, turkey farmers around the country had to roll the dice, take a guess: What would pandemic Thanksgiving look like? Washington Post, "Trump mocks Biden’s willingness to trust Fauci on coronavirus response," 20 Oct. 2020 Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke will take a guess for each singer after seeing their first performance, and whoever guesses correctly the most times wins a Golden Ear trophy. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "The 'Masked Singer' Season 4 Eliminates First Contestant: Here's Who It Was," 23 Sep. 2020 Anyone want to take a guess about how quickly Scully reaches one million followers? Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Legendary broadcaster Vin Scully set to enter the social media world," 30 Aug. 2020 Want to take a guess how many points Devin Booker scored in the second half in garbage time? Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker slammed by radio host for being 'all about the stats'," 14 Aug. 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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“Guess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guess. Accessed 17 May. 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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