- 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 estimate
Should capability delivery experience additional changes, this estimate will be revised appropriately.Pentagon Misfires in Stealth Jet Scandal
January 8, 2015
While difficult to estimate exact numbers, thousands of Americans die every year because of delayed or denied claims.My Insurance Company Killed Me, Despite Obamacare
November 24, 2014
The government subsequently revised its estimate, saying that 74 percent of the trees had been affected.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
State officials also estimate an additional 174,000 people would drop their current coverage in order to enroll in Medicaid.Living in Louisiana’s Tragic Health-Care Limbo
November 15, 2014
Now, according to a recent World Food Program report (PDF), the estimate has risen to a worst-case scenario of 5.7 million.Liberia’s Ebola Famine
Abby Haglage, Nina Strochlic
November 13, 2014
He looked above to estimate the ground he could cover on the morrow.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Now this, it seems to me, is my point of departure for the estimate of my possible resources.The Conquest of Fear
Lessing is obsessed with too high an estimate of the Captivi.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
She could not feel that she had been wrong in her estimate of John Gilman.Her Father's Daughter
Had she grown so accustomed to her aunt Judith's estimate of Mabel that she could accept it?Quaint Courtships
- 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 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.