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Definition of guess noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

guess

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ɡes//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɡes//
 
 
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  •  an attempt to give an answer or an opinion when you cannot be certain if you are right guess (at something) (British English) to have/make a guess (at something) (North American English) to take a guess Go on! Have a guess! guess (about something) The article is based on guesses about what might happen in the future. They might be here by 3—but that's just a rough guess (= not exact). guess (that…) My guess is that we won't hear from him again. At a guess, there were forty people at the party. If I might hazard a guess, I'd say she was about thirty. Who do you think I saw yesterday? I'll give you three guesses.
  • Word Origin Middle English: origin uncertain; perhaps from Dutch gissen, and probably related to get.Extra examples ‘Where’s Tom?’ ‘I’ll give you three guesses!’ April is a safe guess for first deliveries. As a vet, he could make an educated guess as to what was wrong with his stomach. At a guess, I’d say there’s a problem with the fuel pump. At a rough guess, I’d say we’re about twenty miles from home. He made a wild guess as to how much the piano might cost. If I might hazard a guess… If you don’t know the answer, have a guess. She could make an educated guess as to what was wrong with him. What’s your best guess on what’s going to happen? a guess based on your experience ‘Who do you think is going to win?’ ‘ Your guess is as good as mine.’ At a guess, there were about 40 people there. If I might hazard a guess , I’d say she’s about 30. It’s probably about 300 kilometres away, but that’s just a rough guess. My guess is that not many people will turn out today. What will happen next is anyone’s guess. Who do you think I saw yesterday? I’ll give you three guesses.Idioms
    anybody’s/anyone’s guess
     
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     (informal) something that nobody can be certain about What will happen next is anybody's guess.
    a guess that is based on some degree of knowledge, and is therefore likely to be correct
    your guess is as good as mine
     
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     (informal) used to tell somebody that you do not know any more about a subject than the person that you are talking to does ‘Who's going to win?’ ‘Your guess is as good as mine.’
    (North American English, informal) to make a mistake Unless I miss my guess, your computer needs a new hard drive. If you miss your guess, you lose 10 points.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: guess