Estimate vs. Guess

Estimate vs. Guess — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Estimate and Guess

Estimateverb

To calculate approximately (the amount, extent, magnitude, position, or value of something).

Guessverb

To predict (a result or an event) without sufficient information.

Estimateverb

To form an opinion about; evaluate

"While an author is yet living we estimate his powers by his worst performance" (Samuel Johnson).

Guessverb

To assume, presume, or assert (a fact) without sufficient information.

Estimatenoun

A tentative evaluation or rough calculation, as of worth, quantity, or size

an estimate of the damage caused by the storm.

Guessverb

To form a correct estimate or conjecture of

guessed the answer.

Estimatenoun

A statement of the approximate cost of work to be done, such as a building project or car repairs.

Guessverb

To suppose; think

I guess he was wrong.

Estimatenoun

A judgment based on one's impressions; an opinion

I have a high estimate of his character.

Guessverb

To make an estimate or conjecture

We could only guess at her motives.

Estimatenoun

A rough calculation or assessment of the value, size, or cost of something.

Guessverb

To estimate or conjecture correctly.

Estimatenoun

(construction and business) A document (or verbal notification) specifying how much a job is likely to cost.

Guessnoun

An act or instance of guessing.

Estimatenoun

An upper limitation on some positive quantity.

Guessnoun

A conjecture arrived at by guessing.

Estimateverb

To calculate roughly, often from imperfect data.

Guessverb

To reach a partly (or totally) unqualified conclusion.

Estimateverb

To judge and form an opinion of the value of, from imperfect data.

Guessverb

To solve by a correct conjecture; to conjecture rightly.

He who guesses the riddle shall have the ring.

Estimatenoun

an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth;

an estimate of what it would costa rough idea how long it would take

Guessverb

to suppose (introducing a proposition of uncertain plausibility).

That album is quite hard to find, but I guess you could try ordering it online.

Estimatenoun

a judgment of the qualities of something or somebody;

many factors are involved in any estimate of human lifein my estimation the boy is innocent

Guessverb

(colloquial) To think, conclude, or decide (without a connotation of uncertainty). Usually in first person: "I guess".

"I guess you were right." "What did he say?" "He guesses you were right.""I guess I'll go to bed."

Estimatenoun

a document appraising the value of something (as for insurance or taxation)

Guessverb

(obsolete) To hit upon or reproduce by memory.

Estimatenoun

a statement indicating the likely cost of some job;

he got an estimate from the car repair shop

Guessnoun

A prediction about the outcome of something, typically made without factual evidence or support.

If you don't know the answer, take a guess.

Estimatenoun

the respect with which a person is held;

they had a high estimation of his ability

Guessnoun

a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence

Estimateverb

judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time);

I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds

Guessnoun

an estimate based on little or no information

Estimateverb

judge to be probable

Guessverb

expect, believe, or suppose;

I imagine she earned a lot of money with her new novelI thought to find her in a bad statehe didn't think to find her in the kitchenI guess she is angry at me for standing her up

Guessverb

put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation;

I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise againI cannot pretend to say that you are wrong

Guessverb

judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time);

I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds

Guessverb

guess correctly; solve by guessing;

He guessed the right number of beans in the jar and won the prize