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estimate

[verb es-tuh-meyt; noun es-tuh-mit, -meyt]
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verb (used with object), es·ti·mat·ed, es·ti·mat·ing.
  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), es·ti·mat·ed, es·ti·mat·ing.
  1. to make an estimate.
noun
  1. an approximate judgment or calculation, as of the value, amount, time, size, or weight of something.
  2. a judgment or opinion, as of the qualities of a person or thing.
  3. 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

1525–35; < Latin aestimātus, past participle of aestimāre to value, estimate; see -ate1
Related formses·ti·mat·ing·ly, adverbes·ti·ma·tor, nounpre·es·ti·mate, verb (used with object), pre·es·ti·mat·ed, pre·es·ti·mat·ing.pre·es·ti·mate, nounre·es·ti·mate, verb (used with object), re·es·ti·mat·ed, re·es·ti·mat·ing.re·es·ti·mate, nounself-es·ti·mate, nounun·es·ti·mat·ed, adjectivewell-es·ti·mat·ed, adjective

Synonyms

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1. compute, count, reckon, gauge, assess, value, evaluate, appraise. 4. valuation, calculation, appraisal.
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Examples from the Web for self-estimate

Historical Examples

  • By the way, ought one to say “self-estimate” or “self-esteem”?

    Marge Askinforit

    Barry Pain

  • It is the conclusion borne out by Mark Twain's own self-estimate.

  • The correctness of self-estimate marks the difference between the cultivated and the uncultivated mind.

  • That was just what Ray Ingraham did see; only he hardly set it down in his self-estimate at its full value.

    The Other Girls

    Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney

  • Should he be at any time inclined to such a self-estimate, let him refer his judgment to his ‘Prometheus’ and ‘Rhcus.’


British Dictionary definitions for self-estimate

estimate

verb (ˈɛstɪˌmeɪt)
  1. to form an approximate idea of (distance, size, cost, etc); calculate roughly; gauge
  2. (tr; may take a clause as object) to form an opinion about; judgeto estimate one's chances
  3. to submit (an approximate price) for (a job) to a prospective client
  4. (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
noun (ˈɛstɪmɪt)
  1. an approximate calculation
  2. a statement indicating the likely charge for or cost of certain work
  3. a judgment; appraisal; opinion
Derived Formsestimative, adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Latin aestimāre to assess the worth of, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for self-estimate

estimate

n.

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.

estimate

v.

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.

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