Estimate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈestɪmət|  American pronunciation of the word estimate
Brit.  |ˈestɪmət|  British pronunciation of the word estimate


- an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth(syn: approximation, estimation, idea)
- a judgment of the qualities of something or somebody(syn: estimation)
- a document appraising the value of something (as for insurance or taxation) (syn: appraisal, estimation)
- a statement indicating the likely cost of some job
- the respect with which a person is held (syn: estimation)


- judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)(syn: approximate, gauge, guess, judge)
- judge to be probable (syn: calculate, figure, forecast, reckon)


They estimated the distance at about three miles.

We need to estimate how much paint we'll need for the job.

The cost of the project has been estimated at about 10 million dollars.

He estimates that current oil reserves are 20 percent lower than they were a year ago.

According to government estimates, current oil reserves are 10 percent lower than they were a year ago.

One conservative estimate is that he stole five million dollars.

We solicited several estimates for the project.

The contractor's estimate for the job seemed high.

The company's products are, by general estimate, poorly made.

Bacon could not estimate Shakespeare.

A conservative estimate (=a deliberately low estimate) puts annual sales at around $100 million.

The figure will only be about two million, less than half the original estimate.

Some estimates put the number of deaths at several hundred.

The garage said they'd send me an estimate for the work.

The tree is estimated to be at least 700 years old.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: estimate
he/she/it: estimates
present participle: estimating
past tense: estimated
past participle: estimated
singular: estimate
plural: estimates
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