Meaning of guess in English:

guess

Pronunciation /ɡɛs/

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verb

[with object]
  • 1Estimate or conclude (something) without sufficient information to be sure of being correct.

    ‘she guessed the child's age at 14 or 15’
    • ‘he took her aside and I guessed that he was offering her a job’
    • ‘we can only guess at Alan's motives’
    • ‘A note especially to ladies and gay men: when a guy guesses your age, always add four years to his estimate, because that's the age he thinks you really are.’
    • ‘I wasn't sure who she directed the comment to but I was guessing it was Max.’
    • ‘The informant laughed when he told her, so she guessed it must be someone important.’
    • ‘Although I haven't got the facts to hand, I'm guessing most pundits would also have predicted an up year for the market in 2001.’
    • ‘Judging from the moon's angle overhead, she guessed it was past midnight already.’
    • ‘Judging from the dust and general disrepair Xander guessed it hadn't been used in years.’
    • ‘I am guessing that none of this makes any sense to those of you who are not from Georgia or the South, so allow me to explain the behavior of my people.’
    • ‘Given the functional illiteracy on either side of it, I'm guessing it was a half-understood attempt to find a rhyme for a line that makes no sense anyway.’
    • ‘One of us is wrong, and I'm guessing it might be me.’
    • ‘I have no idea whether you need a visa for Russia, either, so would need to get that sorted out first and I'm guessing the beginning of February might be too soon.’
    • ‘It'll be six months since I moved into the new place - which has crept up on me - and I'm guessing it's a year since my housemate moved in.’
    • ‘It was well good, you get lots of freebies, just a shame I'm not a big chocolate person, but I'm guessing TP will be very grateful for them.’
    • ‘But I'm guessing the pictures on the screens and most of the reportage in the papers is nothing to do with morals or politics.’
    • ‘I'm guessing the author doesn't know how much she has in common with me.’
    • ‘I'm guessing it's something to do with his cold, black heart, although maybe that's unfair.’
    • ‘I'm thinking ‘probably not’ and guessing it would be a pointless and frustrating distraction to both you and me.’
    • ‘Plus I'm guessing it'll be populated by wannabe hard nuts.’
    • ‘I'm guessing the networks are already quietly preparing to open their own web services for this purpose.’
    • ‘I haven't counted how much I received so far yet, but I'm guessing wallets are light and belts are tightening.’
    • ‘I'm guessing contracts involved dumptrucks full of money for everyone involved to do such a project.’
    estimate, calculate, approximate, make a guess at, make an estimate of
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    1. 1.1Form a correct conclusion about (something) by guessing.
      with clause ‘she's guessed where we're going’
      • ‘We tend to assume that because we can guess the name of some very popular sites that the naming scheme works and makes sense.’
      • ‘Instead of guessing the score, you recited your imaginary measurements!’
      • ‘They are there instead of plying their trade on the streets expecting to meet, you've guessed it, a foreigner.’
      • ‘As you may have guessed by now I believe adoption is a good course of action for many teenage mums.’
      • ‘I still haven't told my family, although I suspect they've already guessed.’
      • ‘I am sure you can guess the verdict; jaw-dropping effects and cringeworthy dialogue.’
      • ‘Yup, you guessed it, they wanted more information from me and I've had my telepathy switched off so I didn't know.’
      • ‘It's time to take the casket out of the church, and you guessed it, it weighs a ton!’
      • ‘It's easy to guess the inevitable response because people are genuinely predictable.’
      • ‘The person who correctly guessed the number of balls in Sue's desk won a ticket to the final of the European Championship in Lisbon.’
      • ‘Five of you managed to guess two numbers correctly, but alas nobody got three or more right.’
      • ‘Only I know, but I'll give a part to whoever guesses the correct answer.’
      • ‘Whoever guesses the correct code will win the necklace, which is 18 carat white gold and set with a 0.3-carat diamond.’
      • ‘I just discovered that it is the perfect size for a bottle of… yes, you guessed it.’
      • ‘We are then asked to guess her bra size from a number of options.’
      • ‘Anyone who has ever watched romantic comedies can probably guess how the rest of this gem of a movie develops.’
      • ‘She never imagined that anyone would guess that password but it seems they did.’
      • ‘Instead they think of ways to get your data without randomly guessing the password.’
      • ‘So now, even worms try to guess the passwords we keep on these machines.’
      • ‘You can guess whose graves these are, so I won't say it.’
    2. 1.2I guess informal Used to indicate that although one thinks or supposes something, it is without any great conviction or strength of feeling.
      • ‘I guess I'd better tell you everything’
      • ‘So I guess this is probably a good time to do an entry on the birthday celebrations.’
      • ‘Overall, I guess the most interesting part of the film was the attending audience.’
      • ‘History, I guess, will tell if our efforts prove enough or not for our World Cup chances.’
      • ‘So I guess that by about 2020 the politicians will be taking half our money off us in taxes.’
      • ‘Its primary purpose, I guess, is to plug her books, but it contains quite a lot of other stuff.’
      • ‘You are free, I guess, to take your pick in relation to these and similar options.’
      • ‘It is a good method of getting people to donate in the leadup to election day I guess.’
      • ‘Ah well, I guess many of us are stupid and cynical and don't think things through when we are young.’
      • ‘So I guess the conclusion is that this is a mediocre, eminently forgettable album.’
      • ‘Well I guess calling it by its real name here can't do any harm compared to this.’
      • ‘So I guess I owe it to myself not to wash any of the colour out of the telling.’
      • ‘So I guess it is time to go and rest my head on the pillow, and let unconsciousness drown those thoughts.’
      • ‘I guess it's fairly predictable that I would instantly fall in love with a song that has such an expressive title.’
      • ‘I guess the answer is to get this information out there so people can't ignore it any more.’
      • ‘I guess it's easy to criticise America and I'm sure the UK is no better in many respects.’
      • ‘I guess the secret is making sure that you have fabulously large sunglasses and a means of capturing events.’
      • ‘I guess only time and my son's evolving temperament will determine what I should do.’
      • ‘I guess it's time to fix my mortgage rate, which I should have done earlier.’
      • ‘I guess the most intriguing information I would have to share would be insight to your host.’
      • ‘I guess it also gave him a chance to judge our skills in different situations.’
      suppose, think, believe, imagine, expect, assume, presume, judge, consider, feel, suspect, dare say, fancy, divine, deem, conjecture, surmise, conclude, hazard a guess, be of the opinion, be given to understand
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noun

  • An estimate or conclusion formed by guessing.

    ‘my guess is that within a year we will have a referendum’
    • ‘The trouble with this is that many of the available numbers are guesses described as estimates.’
    • ‘To what extent was it based on estimates, guesses and interpretations, however well-founded?’
    • ‘Without complete designs for these projects, cost estimates are only wild guesses.’
    • ‘Is anybody going to solve the theory and make a guess to what exactly is going on?’
    • ‘In contrast, a government that commits to the consequences of various actions on emissions can only hope that its estimates, or guesses, are on target, and so can its partners.’
    • ‘What we do is quite the reverse: that we form theories, or if that is too sophisticated a word, we make guesses, we have hunches and we test these guesses and hunches and theories against reality.’
    • ‘Obviously, no one knows what the numbers or weights are - we can only make guesses, and we can argue about the assumptions underlying those guesses.’
    • ‘The projections are only guesses, based on assumptions that workers will be with the company their entire careers and will receive annual raises.’
    • ‘However, my best guesses are nothing compared to the insights of someone who actually manages to pull off good service.’
    • ‘Estimates on the death toll are a guess as of now, but will probably be in excess of 10,000.’
    • ‘First of all, my guess is we'll hear Premiers bickering over health funding within a year.’
    • ‘But until now estimates of the shark harvest were little more than guesses, because the numbers depended on shark fishers to report their catches.’
    • ‘Judgment is the ability to combine hard data, questionable data, and intuitive guesses to arrive at a conclusion that events prove to be correct.’
    • ‘It allows, even encourages, inventive guesses, strange coincidences, popular theories with or without evidence.’
    • ‘This is because we have to make guesses, judgments, and assumptions about who other people are and what they want.’
    • ‘They make guesses, set up provisional theories about what things mean, or how they might be expressed, and modify them in the light of experience.’
    • ‘Well, there are lots of guesses out there, but it's hard to predict with any degree of accuracy.’
    • ‘And an evaluation of these environmental variables would save us from a wrong guess here.’
    • ‘My guess is that there used to be flights at that stage directly from New Zealand.’
    • ‘On paper both teams are equally balanced and to predict the winner is your guess is as good as mine.’
    hypothesis, theory, prediction, postulation, conjecture
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Phrases

    anyone's guess
    • Very difficult or impossible to determine.

      ‘why she's chosen to explore such a morbid subject is anyone's guess’
      • ‘how well the system will work is anybody's guess’
      • ‘It is anyone's guess if Easter Sunday will be resurrection day for him.’
      • ‘How many Pittsburghers will know what they really are celebrating is anyone's guess.’
      • ‘Some of these will make fortunes for their directors and some will not, but it's anyone's guess which will thrive and which will fail.’
      • ‘Now, it's anyone's guess who was the intended target of his verbal charge.’
      • ‘Although, again, why she was bothering with him is anyone's guess.’
      • ‘Whether anyone will develop on the new land is anyone's guess.’
      • ‘This Christmas it was a bridge replacement, so whether things will be running on time tomorrow morning is anyone's guess.’
      • ‘How the markets will react in the weeks ahead is anyone's guess however.’
      • ‘What to do about this imbalance is anyone's guess; but it does exist.’
      • ‘Whether she can maintain the form and the focus until the US Open is anyone's guess but at least she knows that she is a champion again.’
    keep someone guessing
    informal
    • Leave someone uncertain or in doubt as to one's intentions or plans.

      • ‘To some extent I think it's the playwright's intention to keep us guessing.’
      • ‘This was intentionally to keep you guessing, which by itself isn't a bad thing.’
      • ‘Here, the agenda is wrapped up quite nicely in a complex relationship that keeps us guessing about Alice's true intentions.’
      • ‘But they were kept guessing by the weather until the day itself, with heavy rain falling during the days in the run-up to the event.’
      • ‘I was disappointed - they should have kept us guessing.’
      • ‘But she kept them guessing, only confirming her presence after winning last weekend's Irish championship.’
      • ‘The plot kept me guessing and I didn't see the twist end coming at all - which is extremely rare…’
      • ‘But there was one booth in particular that kept me guessing.’
      • ‘Here, it was a citrus sauce with a packet-mix consistency and overpowering artificial flavourings that kept me guessing.’
      • ‘I am confident it meant something, though what it was kept me guessing.’

Origin

Middle English origin uncertain; perhaps from Dutch gissen, and probably related to get.