guess definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To predict (an outcome or a meeting) without sufficient information.
    • To believe, presume, or assert (a fact) without adequate information.
    • to create the correct estimate or conjecture of: guessed the clear answer.
    • To suppose; believe: i assume he had been incorrect.
    • To form an opinion concerning, without knowledge or means of understanding; to evaluate of randomly; to conjecture.
    • to evaluate or develop a viewpoint of, from explanations that seem preponderating, but are perhaps not decisive.
    • to fix by a proper conjecture; to conjecture appropriately.
    • going to upon or reproduce by memory.
    • to imagine; to assume; to trust; to assume; -- accompanied by a goal clause.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • which will make an estimate or conjecture: we're able to only guess at the woman motives.
    • To calculate or conjecture correctly.
    • to help make a guess or arbitrary view; to conjecture; -- with at, about, etc.
  • noun:
    • An act or example of guessing.
    • A conjecture attained by guessing.
    • A prediction concerning the upshot of anything, usually made without factual proof or assistance.
    • an impression on everything, formed without sufficient or definitive evidence or reasons; an endeavor hitting upon the facts by a random view; a conjecture; a surmise.
    • a concept collected from simple likelihood or imperfect information; a judgment or conclusion without sufficient or determinate proof; a conjecture; a surmise: because, to do something by estimate.
    • See another-guess, a.
    • an estimate according to little if any information
    • an email revealing an opinion predicated on partial proof
  • verb:
    • to achieve a partly (or totally) unqualified conclusion.
    • To solve by a correct conjecture; to conjecture rightly.
    • to suppose (presenting a proposition of unsure plausibility).
    • expect, believe, or assume
    • submit, of a guess, despite possible refutation
    • estimate precisely; solve by guessing
    • judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)
  • others:
    • to make, without certain understanding, but from probable indications, a notion concerning; kind a provisional or an imperfect opinion regarding; conjecture; surmise.
    • To conjecture rightly; resolve by a correct conjecture; form a true opinion of: as, to imagine an individual's design; to guess a riddle.
    • In a loose usage, to believe; believe; suppose; imagine: with a clause for item.
    • [This use is common in English literary works from the very first appearance associated with the word; but it is today seen as colloquial, and, from its regularity in the usa, its generally speaking supposed by Englishmen is an “Americanism.” By an easy extension guess is employed for think, believe, or suppose, even where the meaning is not conjectural, but positive, which is after that logically superfluous, serving just to result in the assertion less abrupt: because, i suppose i shall go now (which, i'm going today); i assume i understand the things I'm about (which, I know what I am doing). In most instances this use most likely arises from a desire to avoid positive assertion, or from some sense of doubt or uncertainty.] Synonyms Visualize, Presume, etc. See conjecture.
    • To form a conjecture; judge or deduce from incomplete or unsure research: generally with at or by.

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