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es·ti·mate

estimate

 
 
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
grammatical pattern:
verb + smth to be, verb +WH + clause, verb + that
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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: e stih meIt
inflections: estimates, estimating, estimated
definition 1: to calculate the approximate amount, size, or value of.
We estimated our bill to be approximately three hundred dollars.[verb + smth to be ] We asked the carpenter to estimate how much the new garage would cost.[verb +WH + clause ] I estimated the length of the room to be close to thirty feet.[verb + smth to be ]
synonyms:
calculate, compute, figure, reckon
similar words:
appraise, approximate, assay, assess, evaluate, gauge, guess, judge, project, put, rate, value
definition 2: to judge or appraise.
He looked closely at the ring and estimated its value at around five thousand dollars.They estimated that their drinking water would last for just two more days.[verb + that ]
synonyms:
appraise, assay, calculate, evaluate, judge, value
similar words:
assess, deduce, gauge, project
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: e stih meIt
definition: to make an estimate.
We estimate using these charts.
synonyms:
conjecture, guess, surmise, think
similar words:
believe, calculate, consider, judge
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: e stih miht
definition 1: a rough calculation or educated guess as to the amount, size, or value of something.
By my estimate, we hiked about fifteen miles today.
synonyms:
appraisal, estimation, evaluation, reckoning
similar words:
calculation, deduction, guess, judgment
definition 2: a judgment or appraisal.
We took the diamond to a jeweler for an estimate of its worth.
synonyms:
appraisal, assessment, estimation, evaluation, judgment
similar words:
idea, opinion, reckoning
definition 3: a preliminary calculation, as by a building contractor, of the cost of proposed work.
The second contractor's estimate was higher than the first, but it might be more realistic.
similar words:
appraisal, calculation, deduction, guess, judgment, quotation, reckoning
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