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 This, of course, caused some women to second-guess their participation and ultimately back out, but enough agreed a second time. NBC News, "'Revolutionary' photo book of lesbians reissued for the first time since 1979," 3 Apr. 2021 Just as with Edestus, experts could only guess what the entire animal looked like. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, "These Prehistoric Sharks Had Jaws Shaped Like Circular Saws and Sawtoothed Scissors," 2 Apr. 2021 Who that quarterback winds up being is anyone’s guess, but Fields offers the highest upside of the three candidates because of his athleticism, arm strength and poise. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, "2021 NFL mock draft (Version 3.0): First-round projections after 49ers, Dolphins shake up the top 10," 31 Mar. 2021 Skipping their civic duty:In-person jury trials are back in Marion County, but guess who isn't? Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, "Marion County Jail II report details power outage issues, from staffing to no batteries," 26 Mar. 2021 Jeong had Mike Tyson as his first impressions guess, before switching over to Danny DeVito. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "The Masked Singer recap: Raccoon scurries away to reveal action star," 25 Mar. 2021 Danny Ramirez’s character shares a name with a character from Marvel Comics who, guess what, becomes the second Falcon. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," 19 Mar. 2021 And every time somebody in Chino Hills look and see a nice-ass car, guess who’s in it? Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "The strange, ambitious marriage of the Ball family and Chino Hills," 18 Mar. 2021 Knowledge swims up from invention and imagination—from ardor—and sometimes even an essay can invent, burn, guess, try out, dig up, hurtle forward, succumb to that flood of sign and nuance that adds up to intuition, disclosure, discovery. Cathleen Schine, The New York Review of Books, "The Struggle and the Scramble," 16 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As to what the NCAA tournament seedings and teams will look like, that is anyone's guess. Nick Kelly, Star Tribune, "Gophers close volleyball season with win, anticipate NCAA invitation," 3 Apr. 2021 Predicting when and how the party will end is anyone’s guess. New York Times, "From Crypto Art to Trading Cards, Investment Manias Abound," 13 Mar. 2021 Whether or not Texas is able to make headway with these new moves is anyone's guess. Fortune, "Texas’ big bad pain in the neck," 11 Mar. 2021 As for the recent P.R. blitz: The timing is anyone’s guess. Elizabeth Paton, BostonGlobe.com, "More than you need to know about Harry, Meghan, and Oprah," 7 Mar. 2021 As for the recent P.R. blitz: The timing is anyone’s guess. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Explainer: More than you need to know about Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview, airing tonight," 7 Mar. 2021 What exactly that means for companies that have only ever revolved around producing oil and gas is anyone’s guess. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Call the Fossil Fuel Industry’s Net-Zero Bluff," 5 Mar. 2021 Whether this continues later into the week is anyone’s guess, because things have been fluctuating so much lately. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, "Compass Check: Choppiness Continues With Direction Lacking Ahead Of Key Jobs Data," 3 Mar. 2021 Where things stand at this point is anyone’s guess. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, "Flashback: Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie Perform ‘Tusk’ in 2017," 2 Mar. 2021

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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 13 Apr. 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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