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as in: to estimate Define
to roughly calculate or guess (based on incomplete information) a value, quantity, or extent of something
  • What do you estimate this will cost?
  • Can you estimate the cost?
  • Check the reasonableness of your math solution by estimating the answer before solving the problem.
  • Heathcliff — Mr. Heathcliff I should say in future — used the liberty of visiting at Thrushcross Grange cautiously, at first: he seemed estimating how far its owner would bear his intrusion.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights

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  • For example, the Ministry of Plenty's forecast had estimated the output of boots for the quarter at 145 million pairs.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • "I cannot pretend to be sorry," said Wickham, after a short interruption, "that he or that any man should not be estimated beyond their deserts; but with him I believe it does not often happen.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • One whaleman has estimated it at the weight of twenty line-of-battle ships, with all their guns, and stores, and men on board.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • You know what he thinks of Cowper and Scott; you are certain of his estimating their beauties as he ought, and you have received every assurance of his admiring Pope no more than is proper.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • But Rosamond had registered every look and word, and estimated them as the opening incidents of a preconceived romance—incidents which gather value from the foreseen development and climax.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • In that and them the heft of the heaviest—in that and them far more than you estimated, (and far less also,) In them realities for you and me, in them poems for you and me, In them, not yourself-you and your soul enclose all things, regardless of estimation, In them the development good—in them all themes, hints, possibilities.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass

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  • That without any affectation of disparaging such professional distinction as I may have attained (which our friend Mr. Carstone will have many opportunities of estimating), I am not so weak—no, really," said Mr. Badger to us generally, "so unreasonable—as to put my reputation on the same footing with such first-rate men as Captain Swosser and Professor Dingo.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Whenever she was particularly discomposed, she always performed one of these pedestrian feats; and the amount of her discomposure might always be estimated by the duration of her walk.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • They would be estimated very differently by others as well as myself; Mr. Martin may be the richest of the two, but he is undoubtedly her inferior as to rank in society.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Their value to Bathsheba, and indeed to anybody, Oak mentally estimated by the following simple calculation:— 5 x 30 = 150 quarters = 500 L. 3 x 40 = 120 quarters = 250 L. —— Total … 750 L. Seven hundred and fifty pounds in the divinest form that money can wear—that of necessary food for man and beast: should the risk be run of deteriorating this bulk of corn to less than half its value, because of the instability of a woman?
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • He drew up a placard, offering Twenty Pounds reward for the apprehension of Stephen Blackpool, suspected of complicity in the robbery of Coketown Bank on such a night; he described the said Stephen Blackpool by dress, complexion, estimated height, and manner, as minutely as he could; he recited how he had left the town, and in what direction he had been last seen going; he had the whole printed in great black letters on a staring broadsheet; and he caused the walls to be posted with it…
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Afterwards I took it back when it was borne in upon me startlingly with what extreme nicety he had estimated the time requisite for the 'affair.'
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • I could not preach but to the educated; to those who were capable of estimating my composition.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • …of one single man directed to their aid; how, in seeking, not a luxurious and splendid life, but the bare means of a most wretched and inadequate subsistence, there were women and children in that one town, divided into classes, numbered and estimated as regularly as the noble families and folks of great degree, and reared from infancy to drive most criminal and dreadful trades; how ignorance was punished and never taught; how jail-doors gaped, and gallows loomed, for thousands urged…
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • As sudden shiftings of the scene, and rapid changes of time and place, are not only sanctioned in books by long usage, but are by many considered as the great art of authorship: an author's skill in his craft being, by such critics, chiefly estimated with relation to the dilemmas in which he leaves his characters at the end of every chapter: this brief introduction to the present one may perhaps be deemed unnecessary.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • It was estimated at fifty thousand francs.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • For a time that scared me; but any concession would have shortened our chance of escape beyond estimating.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • He had passed his life in estimating people (it was part of the medical trade), and in nineteen cases out of twenty he was right.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Martin estimated that Pickerbaugh must have used half his time in being inspirational and eloquent.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • School and other education constantly proceed upon false principles, and show a clumsy apparatus pointed at a false mark; but your apparatus is simple, and the mark a true one; and while parents and young persons are left destitute of other just means of estimating and becoming prepared for a reasonable course in life, your discovery that the thing is in many a man's private power, will be invaluable!
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • And there were not so many dead for him to bury any more, Colonel Korn pointed out, since opposition from German fighter planes had virtually ceased and since close to ninety per cent of what fatalities there still were, he estimated, perished behind the enemy lines or disappeared inside the clouds, where the chaplain had nothing to do with disposing of the remains.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • She quickly estimated the permutations.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The chief had estimated correctly.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • still had some unaccounted-for thousand-guilder bills, which they used to pay their estimated taxes for the coming years, so everything seems to be aboveboard.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • She estimated that this pleasure room used water enough to support a thousand persons on Arrakis—possibly more.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • And here is what the computer estimated Ender would do.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • There was more cotton in the fields than she or Pork had estimated, probably four bales, and soon the cabins would be full.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Harry estimated that their owners were fewer than twenty feet away, but the cascading river made it impossible to tell for sure.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter (#7) and the Deathly Hallows
  • Its spiritual force, however, may be partially estimated by the fact of her having found a place for herself, amid circumstances so stern as those which surrounded the mistress of the house; and also by the effect which she produced on a character of so much more mass than her own.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • She was wholly unconscious (she later estimated) for about three hours.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • If cots were brought in and the hall was used as a dormitory, Mrs. Clutter estimated, the house could accommodate twenty guests during the Thanksgiving holidays; the others would have to lodge at motels or with neighbors.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • My intelligent friend, Peter, had rightly estimated the character of the man to whose honor he had intrusted us.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • The next morning, Tuesday, Fischer considered calling for a helicopter to evacuate Ngawang from Base Camp to Kathmandu at an estimated cost of five to ten thousand dollars.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • When she had thoroughly estimated him at this, she would move on and wait for him before a Lely or Reynolds.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • By a quick count, he estimated there were fifty or sixty goats.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • C H A PT E R 7 5 On the day when I estimated it was Mother's birthday, I sang "Happy Birthday" to her out loud.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The last time that they had helped her calculate her age, during the time of the banana company, she had estimated it as between one hundred fifteen and one hundred twenty-two.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • This was rather a coarse mode of estimating Silas's relation to Eppie; but we must remember that many of the impressions which Godfrey was likely to gather concerning the labouring people around him would favour the idea that deep affections can hardly go along with callous palms and scant means; and he had not had the opportunity, even if he had had the power, of entering intimately into all that was exceptional in the weaver's experience.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • She looked at Nicole in a new way, estimating her attractions.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • All these industries were gathered into buildings near by, connected by galleries and railroads with the main establishment; and it was estimated that they had handled nearly a quarter of a billion of animals since the founding of the plant by the elder Durham a generation and more ago.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • This sum has been estimated at six or seven hundred thousand francs.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The boy estimated that, if he worked for six more months, he could return to Spain and buy sixty sheep, and yet another sixty.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • Estimated gross worth, three billion, eight hundred million.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Ingestion estimated at five hours before death.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • Five-ten, he estimated, and most of it leg.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • He had never till now estimated the artistic excellence of Tess's limbs and features.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
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as in: to estimate Define
to roughly calculate or guess (based on incomplete information) a value, quantity, or extent of something
as in: a cost estimate of $100 Define
a rough calculation or guess (based on incomplete information) of a value, quantity, or extent of something
as in: I'm looking at 3 estimates Define
a written description of work with the expected amount it will cost
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