estimate

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

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

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

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

[V n at amount] Some analysts estimate its current popularity at around ten per cent...

[V n at amount] His personal riches were estimated at ₤368 million. [Also V with quote]

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estimated ADJ a ADJ amount

There are an estimated 90,000 gangsters in the country.

2) N-COUNT: usu with supp, oft N of/for n An 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 poss, N of n An 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) N-COUNT An 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.


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