- 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.
- to form an opinion of; judge.
- to make an estimate.
- an approximate judgment or calculation, as of the value, amount, time, size, or weight of something.
- a judgment or opinion, as of the qualities of a person or thing.
- a statement of the approximate charge for work to be done, submitted by a person or business firm ready to undertake the work.
Origin of estimate
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Examples from the Web for estimator
The estimator and his work; forms to use; general rules for estimating.The Uses of Italic
Frederick W. Hamilton
Mr. Reivers was a foreman for the company that my father was estimator for.The Snow-Burner
The Estimator of Destinies wheeled in his chair and cast a look of brotherly frankness into Ruggss eyes.Atlantic Narratives
- a person or thing that estimates
- statistics a derived random variable that generates estimates of a parameter of a given distribution, such as ̄X, the mean of a number of identically distributed random variables X i . If ̄X is unbiased, ̄x, the observed value should be close to E (X i)See also sampling statistic
- to form an approximate idea of (distance, size, cost, etc); calculate roughly; gauge
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to form an opinion about; judgeto estimate one's chances
- to submit (an approximate price) for (a job) to a prospective client
- (tr) 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 statisticsSee estimator
- an approximate calculation
- a statement indicating the likely charge for or cost of certain work
- a judgment; appraisal; opinion
Word Origin and History for estimator
1660s, from Latin aestimator, agent noun from aestimare (see estimate).
1560s, "valuation," from Latin aestimatus, verbal noun from aestimare (see esteem). Earlier in sense "power of the mind" (mid-15c.). Meaning "approximate judgment" is from 1580s. As a builder's statement of projected costs, from 1796.
1530s, "appraise the worth of," from Latin aestimatus, past participle of aestimare "to value, appraise" (see esteem). Meaning "form an approximate notion" is from 1660s. Related: Estimated; estimates; estimating.