estimate

[v. es-tuh-meyt; n. es-tuh-mit, -meyt]
verb (used with object), estimated, estimating.
1.
to form an approximate judgment or opinion regarding the worth, amount, size, weight, etc., of; calculate approximately: to estimate the cost of a college education.
2.
to form an opinion of; judge.
verb (used without object), estimated, estimating.
3.
to make an estimate.
noun
4.
an approximate judgment or calculation, as of the value, amount, time, size, or weight of something.
5.
a judgment or opinion, as of the qualities of a person or thing.
6.
a statement of the approximate charge for work to be done, submitted by a person or business firm ready to undertake the work.

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin aestimātus, past participle of aestimāre to value, estimate; see -ate1

estimatingly, adverb
estimator, noun
preestimate, verb (used with object), preestimated, preestimating.
preestimate, noun
reestimate, verb (used with object), reestimated, reestimating.
reestimate, noun
self-estimate, noun
unestimated, adjective
well-estimated, adjective


1. compute, count, reckon, gauge, assess, value, evaluate, appraise. 4. valuation, calculation, appraisal.
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estimate
 
vb
1.  to form an approximate idea of (distance, size, cost, etc); calculate roughly; gauge
2.  (tr; may take a clause as object) to form an opinion about; judge: to estimate one's chances
3.  to submit (an approximate price) for (a job) to a prospective client
4.  (tr) statistics See estimator to assign a value (a point estimate) or range of values (an interval estimate) to a parameter of a population on the basis of sampling statistics
 
n
5.  an approximate calculation
6.  a statement indicating the likely charge for or cost of certain work
7.  a judgment; appraisal; opinion
 
[C16: from Latin aestimāre to assess the worth of, of obscure origin]
 
'estimative
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

estimate
1560s, from L. aestimatus, verbal noun from aestimare (see esteem). As a builder's statement of projected costs, from 1796.

estimate
1590s, "appraise the worth of," from L. aestimat-, pp. stem of aestimare (see esteem). Meaning "form an approximate notion" is from 1660s. Related: Estimated; estimates; estimating.
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Example sentences
The department will use the estimates for budgetary purposes.
Can anyone give me a rough estimate on the entire download size of the beta.
In Congress, the estimate met with a sober response.
This estimate may be conservative.
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