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[v. es-tuh-meyt; n. es-tuh-mit, -meyt] /v. ˈɛs təˌmeɪt; n. ˈɛs tə mɪt, -ˌmeɪt/
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
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin aestimātus, past participle of aestimāre to value, estimate; see -ate1
Related forms
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
Synonyms
1. compute, count, reckon, gauge, assess, value, evaluate, appraise. 4. valuation, calculation, appraisal.
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Examples for estimates
  • By some estimates, one-fourth of the world catch is discarded each year.
  • Clouded leopards are so secretive that their current range can only be guessed at and population estimates vary widely.
  • Alas, estimates of the amount of oil already released keep growing, too.
  • Second, real-time data make for higher frequency estimates.
  • Some important works failed to sell or make pre-sale estimates.
  • In general, the pieces that came up for sale were of uneven quality, and many had ambitious estimates.
  • There are no reliable estimates of potential reserves.
  • Your estimates for this contingency should be made at once.
  • It requires the more wariness in our private estimates.
  • He points out the fallacies involved in the purely historical and the purely personal estimates.
British Dictionary definitions for estimates

estimate

verb (ˈɛstɪˌmeɪt)
1.
to form an approximate idea of (distance, size, cost, etc); calculate roughly; gauge
2.
(transitive; 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.
(transitive) (statistics) 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 See estimator
noun (ˈɛstɪmɪt)
5.
an approximate calculation
6.
a statement indicating the likely charge for or cost of certain work
7.
a judgment; appraisal; opinion
Derived Forms
estimative, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin aestimāre to assess the worth of, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for estimates
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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