Definition of "estimate" []

  • To calculate approximately (the amount, extent, magnitude, position, or value of something). (verb-transitive)
  • To form an opinion about; evaluate: "While an author is yet living we estimate his powers by his worst performance” ( Samuel Johnson). (verb-transitive)
  • The act of evaluating or appraising. (noun)
  • A tentative evaluation or rough calculation, as of worth, quantity, or size. (noun)
  • A statement of the approximate cost of work to be done, such as a building project or car repairs. (noun)
  • To form an approximate idea of (distance, size, cost, etc); calculate roughly; gauge (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To form an opinion about; judge (verb)
  • To submit (an approximate price) for (a job) to a prospective client (verb)
  • 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 statistics (verb)
  • An approximate calculation (noun)
  • A statement indicating the likely charge for or cost of certain work (noun)
  • A judgment; appraisal; opinion (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "estimate" in a sentence
  • "I have forced myself to stop refreshing Google news and the like, and attempted to focus on work the rest of the day, so I wouldn't be surprised that the estimate is as high as 100k-500k by now."
  • "This estimate is therefore preliminary, pending a review of the language of the reconciliation proposal, as well as further review and refinement of the budgetary projections."
  • "If this estimate is accurate, remittances would surpass tourism to become Mexico's third largest source of foreign income after manufacturing and oil."