January 16, 2019
estimate (verb)
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What does it mean?
1 : to judge the approximate value, size, or cost of on the basis of experience or observation rather than actual measurement2 : conclude, determine
How do you use it?
"They tried to estimate how long they had been in the cave, but all they knew was that it seemed days and weeks, and yet it was plain that this could not be, for their candles were not gone yet." (Mark Twain, _Tom Sawyer_)
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Which word do you think means about the same thing as "estimate"?

"Estimate," "rate," "appraise," and "value" all mean to judge something with respect to its worth or significance. "Estimate" implies a judgment or guess that takes the place of measuring or counting, as in "estimated the crowd at two hundred." "Rate" adds to "estimate" the notion of placing a thing according to a scale of values, as in "a highly rated restaurant." "Appraise" and "value" suggest determining how much money something is worth, as in "having a house appraised" and "a painting valued at $500."
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