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 guessable (audio) \ adjective
guesser noun

Synonyms for guess

Synonyms: Verb

assume, conjecture, daresay, imagine, presume, speculate, suppose, surmise, suspect, suspicion [chiefly dialect]

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

There are no prizes for guessing who is Borussia Dortmund's most valuable player. SI.com, "The 20 Most Valuable Squads in World Football," 4 Sep. 2019 Taylor Swift loves nothing more than to keep us guessing. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "This Lipstick Is the Perfect Dupe for Taylor Swift’s Signature Red," 3 Sep. 2019 The bag did not return, and it was guessed that the orchestra director had at last forbidden it. Louise Erdrich, The New Yorker, "The Stone," 2 Sep. 2019 Its predictions overwhelm the sensory inputs, tipping the balance of perceptual best guessing toward these predictions. Anil K. Seth, Scientific American, "The Neuroscience of Reality," 27 Aug. 2019 And what happens on Monday is anybody’s guess, as stock futures gyrated wildly before the market opened on competing tweets from Trump and Chinese officials about the state of trade talks. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "How Tech Business Interests and Politics Could Clash in India—Data Sheet," 26 Aug. 2019 The prosecutor had good news: There was no video; the extortionist had merely guessed about his victim’s online enthusiasms. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Scam Diego: why a new wave of scams has your number," 25 Aug. 2019 It’s hard to guess whether the sharp-tongued couturier would have cared either way. Bob Morris, Town & Country, "A (Candid) Guide to Celebrity Death Etiquette," 6 Aug. 2019 As a black woman who hopes to become pregnant someday, statistics are scaring me into second-guessing my desires. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "11 Health Conditions You Should Know About If You’re Black and Pregnant," 30 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

My guess is, Taylor will show some stuff that will have the Seahawks a little dazed and confused. 2. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's TML: You're in for a treat, Cincinnati fans. Positive thoughts on Bengals, UC, Reds.," 5 Sep. 2019 My guess is every person who booed Andrew either took him in their fantasy draft (which never should take place before the final exhibition game, anyway) or was too inebriated to know better. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: It’s Andrew Luck’s life and he’s one who has to live it, the way he wants," 31 Aug. 2019 My guess is that Lil Nas' record will hold for about five years. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Five Burning Questions: Billboard Staffers Discuss Billie Eilish's 'Bad Guy' Replacing Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' at No. 1," 20 Aug. 2019 As a reporter who covered the epidemic in two trips to Liberia during the outbreak, my guess is probably not. Dallas News, "Amid a new outbreak, book revisits Ebola's ravages," 5 Aug. 2019 People have made some solid guesses in the comments section. Allure, "Kylie Cosmetics Is Launching Its First-Ever Face Primer," 2 Aug. 2019 Returning to the show to make their guesses about which famous stars are underneath the flamboyant masks are panelists Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong, Robin Thicke, and Nicole Scherzinger. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "The Masked Singer just got a lot more colorful and crazy — see an exclusive new character poster," 1 Aug. 2019 Facebook could do something similar, using public or private records from consumer data companies to match to their users and make educated guesses about their races or genders. Antonio García Martínez, WIRED, "Are Facebook Ads Discriminatory? It’s Complicated," 11 June 2019 The second episode aired last night and people are already making their guesses over who is really under that mask. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""The Masked Singer" Fans Think Kendall Jenner is One of the Celebs Under the Mask This Season," 10 Jan. 2019

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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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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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