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Princeton's WordNet

  1. guess, conjecture, supposition, surmise, surmisal, speculation, hypothesisnoun

    a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence

  2. guess, guesswork, guessing, shot, dead reckoningverb

    an estimate based on little or no information

  3. think, opine, suppose, imagine, reckon, guessverb

    expect, believe, or suppose

    "I imagine she earned a lot of money with her new novel"; "I thought to find her in a bad state"; "he didn't think to find her in the kitchen"; "I guess she is angry at me for standing her up"

  4. guess, venture, pretend, hazardverb

    put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation

    "I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again"; "I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong"

  5. estimate, gauge, approximate, guess, judgeverb

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

    "I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds"

  6. guess, inferverb

    guess correctly; solve by guessing

    "He guessed the right number of beans in the jar and won the prize"


  1. guessnoun

    A prediction about the outcome of something, typically made without factual evidence or support.

  2. guessverb

    To reach a partly (or totally) unqualified conclusion.

  3. guessverb

    To solve by a correct conjecture; to conjecture rightly.

    He who guesses the riddle shall have the ring.

  4. guessverb

    to suppose (introducing a proposition of uncertain plausibility).

    That album is quite hard to find, but I guess you could look online for a sample song.

  5. Etymology: . Perhaps of Scandinavian origin, akin to,, or akin to,.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Guessnoun

    Conjecture; judgment without any positive or certain grounds.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The enemy’s in view; draw up your powers:
    Hard is the guess of their true strength and forces. William Shakespeare.

    A poet must confess
    His art’s like physick, but a happy guess. Dryden.

    It is a wrong way of proceeding to venture a greater good for a less, upon uncertain guesses, before a due examination. John Locke.

    We may make some guess at the distinction of things, into those that are according to, above, and contrary to reason. John Locke.

    This problem yet, this offspring of a guess,
    Let us for once a child of truth confess. Matthew Prior.

  2. To GUESSverb

    Etymology: ghissen, Dutch.

    Incapable and shallow innocents!
    You cannot guess who caus’d your father’s death. William Shakespeare.

    Let not your ears despise my tongue for ever,
    Which shall possess them with the heaviest sound That ever yet they heard.
    —— Hum! I guess at it. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    He that, by reason of his swift motions, can inform himself of all places and preparations, should he not very often guess rightly of things to come, where God pleaseth not to give impediment? Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    There issue swarming bands
    Of ambush’d men, whom, by their arms and dress,
    To be Taxcallan enemies I guess. John Dryden, Indian Emperor.

    The same author ventures to guess at the particular fate which would attend the Roman government. Jonathan Swift.

    Nor can imagination guess,
    How that ungrateful charming maid
    My purest passion has betray’d. Jonathan Swift.

    One may guess by Plato’s writings, that his meaning, as to the inferiour deities, was, that they who would have them might, and they who would not, might let them alone; but that himself had a right opinion concerning the true God. Edward Stillingfleet, Defence of Disc. on Rom. Idol.

  3. To Guessverb

    To hit upon by accident; to determine rightly of any thing without certain direction of the judgment.

    If Xerxes was able to call every common soldier by his name in his army, it may be guessed he got not this wonderful ability by learning his lessons by heart. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Guessverb

    to form an opinion concerning, without knowledge or means of knowledge; to judge of at random; to conjecture

  2. Guessverb

    to judge or form an opinion of, from reasons that seem preponderating, but are not decisive

  3. Guessverb

    to solve by a correct conjecture; to conjecture rightly; as, he who guesses the riddle shall have the ring; he has guessed my designs

  4. Guessverb

    to hit upon or reproduce by memory

  5. Guessverb

    to think; to suppose; to believe; to imagine; -- followed by an objective clause

  6. Guessverb

    to make a guess or random judgment; to conjecture; -- with at, about, etc

  7. Guessnoun

    an opinion as to anything, formed without sufficient or decisive evidence or grounds; an attempt to hit upon the truth by a random judgment; a conjecture; a surmise


  1. Guess

    Guess is a Taiwanese television variety show, currently hosted by Jacky Wu and Patty Hou. It is broadcast in Taiwan, weekly on Saturdays at 22:00 to 0:00 on free-to-air China Television and in Singapore weekly on Saturdays 23:30 on free-to-air MediaCorp Channel U. The show was twice nominated for Best Variety Programme and hosts Jacky Wu and Aya won Best Host in a Variety Programme from two nominations, at the Golden Bell Awards.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Guess

    ges, v.t. to form an opinion on uncertain knowledge: to conjecture, to think.—v.i. to judge on uncertain knowledge: to conjecture rightly.—n. judgment or opinion without sufficient evidence or grounds.—adj. Guess′able, that may be guessed.—n. Guess′er, one who guesses or conjectures.—adv. Guess′ingly, by way of conjecture.—n. Guess′work, work done by guess: random action. [M. E. gessen; cog. with Dut. gissen; Dan. gisse, Ice. giska, for gitskageta, to get, think, A.S. gitan, whence Eng. get. See Forget.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'guess' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1474

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    Rank popularity for the word 'guess' in Verbs Frequency: #479

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of guess in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of guess in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of guess in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Stubbs:

    I feel lost between a rock and a weary line but I guess I will make it through.

  2. Sergei Guriev:

    They have already forced government exporters to sell their dollars, and same will happen for banks I guess, so in a sense, capital controls are already in place.

  3. John Kilwein:

    My guess is there aren't too many people in the state who have not been touched by Joe Manchin on one way or the other, this is a very small state, rural, retail politics kind of state. He is Joe from Farmington, he knows every part of the state.

  4. Seth Dillon:

    I just disagree with this idea that speaking facts can possibly be hateful. I mean, you can say it with a hateful tone, sure I guess, but a fact is a fact, and it doesn’t really matter what your motives are in stating it. Simply stating a fact is not hate speech, there is something that needs to give here with these policies.

  5. United States:

    I did suggest it... I guess they are going to go back to the drawing board and check it out, the relationships are very good.

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