- estimate
*♦♦***estimates***,***estimating***,***estimated**(The verb is pronounced [[t]e̱stɪmeɪt[/t]]. The noun is pronounced [[t]e̱stɪmət[/t]].)1)If you*VERB***estimate**a quantity or value, you make an approximate judgement or calculation of it.[

*V*] Try to estimate how many steps it will take to get to a close object...__wh__[

*V*] I estimate that total cost for treatment will go from $9,000 to $12,500...__that__[

*V*] He estimated the speed of the winds from the degree of damage...__n__[

*V*] Some analysts estimate its current popularity at around ten per cent...__n__at__amount__**Syn:****Derived words:****estimated***ADJ**a ADJ*__amount__There are an estimated 90,000 gangsters in the country.

2)*N-COUNT:**usu with*An__supp__, oft N of/for__n__**estimate**is an approximate calculation of a quantity or value....the official estimate of the election result...

This figure is five times the original estimate...

A recent estimate was that factories were undermanned by about 30 per cent.

3)*N-COUNT:**oft with*An__poss__, N of__n__**estimate**is a judgement about a person or situation which you make based on the available evidence.I hadn't been far wrong in my estimate of his grandson's capabilities.

4)An*N-COUNT***estimate**from someone who you employ to do a job for you, such as a builder or a plumber, is a written statement of how much the job is likely to cost.The shop also offers a curtain-making and fitting service. Quotes and estimates can be prepared by computer on the spot.

*English dictionary.
2008.*