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     ( estimates    plural & 3rd person present)   ( estimating    present participle)   ( estimated    past tense & past participle  )
The verb is pronounced estɪmeɪt. The noun is pronounced estɪmət.     
1       verb   If you estimate a quantity or value, you make an approximate judgment or calculation of it.  
Try to estimate how many steps it will take to get to a close object...      V wh  
I estimate that the total cost for treatment will be $12,500...      V that  
He estimated the speed of the winds from the degree of damage...      V n  
Some analysts estimate its current popularity at around ten per cent...      V n at amount  
  estimated      adj   a ADJ amount  
There are an estimated 90,000 gangsters in the country.     
2       n-count   An estimate is an approximate calculation of a quantity or value.  
usu with supp, oft N of/for n  
...the official estimate of the election result..., This figure is five times the original estimate...     
3       n-count   An estimate is a judgment about a person or situation which you make based on the available evidence.  
oft with poss, N of n  
I hadn't been far wrong in my estimate of his grandson's capabilities.     
4       n-count   An estimate from someone who you employ to do a job for you, such as a builder or a plumber, is a written statement of how much the job is likely to cost.  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    appraise, assess, calculate roughly, evaluate, gauge, guess, judge, number, reckon, value  
2    assess, believe, conjecture, consider, form an opinion, guess, judge, rank, rate, reckon, surmise, think  
3    appraisal, appraisement, approximate calculation, assessment, ballpark estimate     (informal)   ballpark figure     (informal)   evaluation, guess, guesstimate     (informal)   judgment, reckoning, valuation  
4    appraisal, appraisement, assessment, belief, conjecture, educated guess, estimation, judgment, opinion, surmise, thought(s)  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

estimate v.
to try to judge something without calculating
Sentence: I always try estimating how much I will spend before going shopping.

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