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estimate

verb

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to make an approximate or tentative judgment regarding
  • experts estimated the value of the painting at a million dollars

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2 to decide the size, amount, number, or distance of (something) without actual measurement
  • we estimated the snowfall to be about a foot

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estimate

noun

Synonyms of estimate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 the act of placing a value on the nature, character, or quality of something
  • what we owe our war veterans is beyond estimate

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2 an opinion on the nature, character, or quality of something
  • the estimate of many art specialists that the painting is a fake

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How does the verb estimate differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of estimate are appraise, assess, evaluate, rate, and value. While all these words mean "to judge something with respect to its worth or significance," estimate implies a judgment, considered or casual, that precedes or takes the place of actual measuring or counting or testing out.

estimated the crowd at two hundred

Where would appraise be a reasonable alternative to estimate?

The words appraise and estimate are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, appraise commonly implies the fixing by an expert of the monetary worth of a thing, but it may be used of any critical judgment.

having their house appraised

When can assess be used instead of estimate?

While the synonyms assess and estimate are close in meaning, assess implies a critical appraisal for the purpose of understanding or interpreting, or as a guide in taking action.

officials are trying to assess the damage

When might evaluate be a better fit than estimate?

While in some cases nearly identical to estimate, evaluate suggests an attempt to determine relative or intrinsic worth in terms other than monetary.

evaluate a student's work

How are the words rate and estimate related?

Rate adds to estimate the notion of placing a thing according to a scale of values.

a highly rated restaurant

How do value and appraise relate to one another, in the sense of estimate?

Value equals appraise but without implying expertness of judgment.

a watercolor valued by the donor at $500

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The first known use of estimate was circa 1532

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“Estimate.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/estimate. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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