Definition of Estimate

1. Noun. An approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth. "A rough idea how long it would take"

2. Verb. Judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time). "I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds"

3. Noun. A judgment of the qualities of something or somebody. "In my estimation the boy is innocent"
Exact synonyms: Estimation
Generic synonyms: Assessment, Judgement, Judgment
Specialized synonyms: Appraisal, Capitalisation, Capitalization

4. Verb. Judge to be probable.
Exact synonyms: Calculate, Count On, Figure, Forecast, Reckon
Generic synonyms: Evaluate, Judge, Pass Judgment
Specialized synonyms: Allow, Take Into Account
Derivative terms: Calculable, Calculation, Estimator, Forecast, Forecaster

5. Noun. A document appraising the value of something (as for insurance or taxation).

6. Noun. A statement indicating the likely cost of some job. "He got an estimate from the car repair shop"
Generic synonyms: Statement

7. Noun. The respect with which a person is held. "They had a high estimation of his ability"
Exact synonyms: Estimation
Generic synonyms: Esteem, Regard, Respect
Specialized synonyms: Report, Reputation

Definition of Estimate

1. v. t. To judge and form an opinion of the value of, from imperfect data, -- either the extrinsic (money), or intrinsic (moral), value; to fix the worth of roughly or in a general way; as, to estimate the value of goods or land; to estimate the worth or talents of a person.

2. n. A valuing or rating by the mind, without actually measuring, weighing, or the like; rough or approximate calculation; as, an estimate of the cost of a building, or of the quantity of water in a pond.

Definition of Estimate

1. Noun. A rough calculation or guess. ¹

2. Noun. (context: construction and business) A document (or verbal notification) specifying how much a job will probably cost. ¹

3. Verb. To calculate roughly, often from imperfect data. ¹

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Definition of Estimate

1. to make an approximate judgment of [v -MATED, -MATING, -MATES]

Medical Definition of Estimate

1. A valuing or rating by the mind, without actually measuring, weighing, or the like; rough or approximate calculation; as, an estimate of the cost of a building, or of the quantity of water in a pond. "Weigh success in a moral balance, and our whole estimate is changed." (J. C. Shairp) Synonym: Estimate, Estimation, Esteem. The noun estimate, like its verb, supposes chiefly an exercise of judgment in determining the amount, importance, or magnitude of things, with their other exterior relations; as, an estimate of expenses incurred; a true estimate of life, etc. Esteem is a moral sentiment made up of respect and attachment, the valuation of a person as possessing useful qualities or real worth. Thus we speak of the esteem of the wise and good as a thing greatly to be desired. Estimation seems to waver between the two. In our version of the Scriptures it is used simply for estimate; as, "If he be poorer than thy estimation." . In other cases, it verges toward esteem; as, "I know him to be of worth and worthy estimation." . It will probably settle down at last on this latter sense. "Esteem is the value we place upon some degree of worth. It is higher than simple approbation, which is a decision of judgment. It is the commencement of affection." "No; dear as freedom is, and in my heart's Just estimation prized above all price." (Cowper) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Estimate

estimate (current term)
estimated tax
estimated tax return

Literary usage of Estimate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Report by California, State Board of Harbor Commissioners (1903)
"Andrew Wilkie, Jr., contractor. Date of contract, March 5, 1900. Contract price $23,70000 Extra work. __ 20500 Paid April 12, 1900—estimate No. 1. ..."

2. Bulletin by Tennessee Division of Geology, Geological Survey, Division of Geology, Tennessee (1913)
"estimate of ore tonnage.—If only the area bounded by Pine Mountain and Cumberland Mountain, and extending 15 miles northeast from Fork Mountain be ..."

3. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"1 This estimate of the Protestant population Is based on the details of church membership (partly given above) obtained ..."

4. Mental Health, United States, 1996 edited by Ronald W. Manderscheid, Mary A. Sonnenschein (1998)
"There are only a few studies that can be used as a basis for deriving the estimate for the more conservative range. The data from MECA indicate that if the ..."

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