What does estimate mean?

Definitions for estimate
ˈɛs təˌmeɪt; -mɪt, -ˌmeɪtes·ti·mate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. estimate, estimation, approximation, ideanoun

    an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth

    "an estimate of what it would cost"; "a rough idea how long it would take"

  2. estimate, estimationnoun

    a judgment of the qualities of something or somebody

    "many factors are involved in any estimate of human life"; "in my estimation the boy is innocent"

  3. appraisal, estimate, estimationnoun

    a document appraising the value of something (as for insurance or taxation)

  4. estimatenoun

    a statement indicating the likely cost of some job

    "he got an estimate from the car repair shop"

  5. estimate, estimationverb

    the respect with which a person is held

    "they had a high estimation of his ability"

  6. estimate, gauge, approximate, guess, judgeverb

    judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)

    "I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds"

  7. calculate, estimate, reckon, count on, figure, forecastverb

    judge to be probable


  1. estimatenoun

    A rough calculation or guess.

  2. estimatenoun

    A document (or verbal notification) specifying how much a job will probably cost.

  3. estimateverb

    To calculate roughly, often from imperfect data.

  4. Etymology: From aestimatus, past participle of aestimare, older form aestumare; see esteem.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Estimatenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Upon a moderate estimate and calculation of the quantity of water now actually contained in the abyss, I found that this alone was full enough to cover the whole globe to the height assigned by Moses. John Woodward.

    I’d love
    My country’s good, with a respect more tender,
    More holy and profound than mine own life,
    My dear wife’s estimate, her womb’s increase,
    The treasure of my loins. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    The only way to come to a true estimate upon the odds betwixt a publick and a private life, is to try both. Roger L'Estrange.

    Outward actions can never give a just estimate of us, since there are many perfections of a man which are not capable of appearing in actions. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 257.

  2. To ESTIMATEverb

    Etymology: æstimo, Latin.

    When a man shall sanctify his house to the Lord, then the priest shall estimate it whether it be good or bad: as the priest shall estimate it, so shall it stand. Lev. xxvii. 14.

    It is by the weight of silver, and not the name of the piece, that men estimate commodities and exchange them. John Locke.


  1. estimate

    Estimation (or estimating) is the process of finding an estimate or approximation, which is a value that is usable for some purpose even if input data may be incomplete, uncertain, or unstable. The value is nonetheless usable because it is derived from the best information available. Typically, estimation involves "using the value of a statistic derived from a sample to estimate the value of a corresponding population parameter". The sample provides information that can be projected, through various formal or informal processes, to determine a range most likely to describe the missing information. An estimate that turns out to be incorrect will be an overestimate if the estimate exceeds the actual result and an underestimate if the estimate falls short of the actual result.


  1. estimate

    An estimate is a rough calculation or approximation of a particular quantity, value, or measurement. It is typically derived from limited information, previous experience, or educated guesses, and is used to provide an idea of what a more accurate or precise determination would be. Estimates are often employed in various fields and contexts, such as project management, budgeting, forecasting, and data analysis, where exact figures may not be readily available or practical to obtain.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Estimateverb

    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. Estimateverb

    to from an opinion of, as to amount,, number, etc., from imperfect data, comparison, or experience; to make an estimate of; to calculate roughly; to rate; as, to estimate the cost of a trip, the number of feet in a piece of land

  3. Estimatenoun

    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

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. estimate

    1. An analysis of a foreign situation, development, or trend that identifies its major elements, interprets the significance, and appraises the future possibilities and the prospective results of the various actions that might be taken. 2. An appraisal of the capabilities, vulnerabilities, and potential courses of action of a foreign nation or combination of nations in consequence of a specific national plan, policy, decision, or contemplated course of action. 3. An analysis of an actual or contemplated clandestine operation in relation to the situation in which it is or would be conducted in order to

Editors Contribution

  1. estimate

    To calculate a value, number or quantity with accurate, specific data, information, facts, research, statistics, experience and knowledge.

    The electrician estimated the job would cost £50 to hang the light fittings in 2 rooms using his known hourly rate and experience of how the time it would take him to complete.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 26, 2015  

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'estimate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3391

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'estimate' in Nouns Frequency: #1206

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'estimate' in Verbs Frequency: #401

Anagrams for estimate »

  1. etatisme

  2. étatisme

  3. meatiest

  4. tea-times

  5. teatimes

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of estimate in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of estimate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of estimate in a Sentence

  1. La Rochefoucauld:

    The greatest of all gifts is the power to estimate things at their true worth.

  2. Family Dollar:

    We estimate based on experience with earlier iterations of the FTC staff's store lists that the current count of stores that the FTC staff views as presumptively problematic is around 3,500 to 4,000 stores.

  3. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus:

    If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.

  4. Seneca:

    No evil is without its compensation. The less money, the less trouble the less favor, the less envy. Even in those cases which put us out of wits, it is not the loss itself, but the estimate of the loss that troubles us.

  5. Mark Kantrowitz:

    Net price calculators provide a ballpark estimate of the real cost of the college, they tell you whether the college is inside or outside the ballpark of affordability but do not distinguish between home plate and center field.

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  • تقديرArabic
  • пресмятане, оценявам, пресмятам, калкулация, сметка, приблизителна оценкаBulgarian
  • odhad, odhadnoutCzech
  • estimat, estimereDanish
  • Schätzung, Kostenvoranschlag, abschätzen, schätzen, AbschätzungGerman
  • υπολογισμός, εκτιμώ, εκτίμησηGreek
  • presupuesto, estimar, estimaciónSpanish
  • hinnangEstonian
  • تخمین زدنPersian
  • arvio, arvioidaFinnish
  • ætlFaroese
  • estimer, estimationFrench
  • tuairmseScottish Gaelic
  • becslésHungarian
  • stima, stimareItalian
  • אומדןHebrew
  • 견적Korean
  • schatten, schattingDutch
  • szacować, oszacowanie, kosztorysPolish
  • estimativa, cálculo, estimarPortuguese
  • оценить, оцени́ть, оце́нка, расчёт, калькуля́ция, сме́та, оце́ниватьRussian
  • ocena, ocenitiSlovene
  • uppskatta, uppskattning, skattningSwedish
  • అంచనా వేయు, అంచనాTelugu
  • tahminiTurkish

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