Definition of estimate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they estimate
BrE BrE//ˈestɪmeɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈestɪmeɪt//
he / she / it estimates
BrE BrE//ˈestɪmeɪts//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈestɪmeɪts//
past simple estimated
BrE BrE//ˈestɪmeɪtɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈestɪmeɪtɪd//
past participle estimated
BrE BrE//ˈestɪmeɪtɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈestɪmeɪtɪd//
-ing form estimating
BrE BrE//ˈestɪmeɪtɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈestɪmeɪtɪŋ//
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BrE BrE//ˈestɪmeɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈestɪmeɪt//
[often passive] to form an idea of the cost, size, value etc. of something, but without calculating it exactly estimate something (at something) The satellite will cost an estimated £400 million. Police estimate the crowd at 30 000. estimate something to do something The deal is estimated to be worth around $1.5 million. estimate (that)… We estimated (that) it would cost about €5 000. it is estimated (that)… It is estimated (that) the project will last four years. estimate how many, large, etc… It is hard to estimate how many children suffer from dyslexia. More Like This Pronunciation changes by part of speech abuse, alternate, advocate, approximate, contract, converse, convict, decrease, delegate, discount, duplicate, estimate, export, extract, graduate, import, intimate, moderate, object, permit, present, protest, record, refund, refuse, subject, suspect, survey, torment, upgradeSee worksheet.
Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin aestimat- ‘determined, appraised’, from the verb aestimare. The noun originally meant ‘intellectual ability, comprehension’ (only in late Middle English), later ‘valuing, a valuation’ (compare with estimation). The verb originally meant ‘to think well or badly of someone or something’ (late 15th cent.), later ‘regard as being, consider to be’ (compare with esteem).Extra examples It is conservatively estimated that not less than half a million people died in the famine. The results of the survey were used to estimate the preferences of the population at large. The strike was officially estimated to have cost $80 million. This made it possible to estimate the effect of workplace ventilation. We estimated the cost at €50 000. how to roughly estimate your caloric intake substantially more than previously estimated Estimate the time it will take to complete each section. It is estimated that the project will last about four years. It’s hard to estimate just how many children are living in poverty. Police estimated the size of the crowd at 50 000. The deal is estimated to be worth over a million pounds. The satellite will cost an estimated $500m. The scale of the problem has been estimated by a number of different surveys. We estimated that the distance would be roughly 200 km.
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