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1 an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth; "an estimate of what it would cost"; "a rough idea how long it would take" [syn: estimation, approximation, idea]
2 a judgment of the qualities of something or somebody; "many factors are involved in any estimate of human life"; "in my estimation the boy is innocent" [syn: estimation]
3 a document appraising the value of something (as for insurance or taxation) [syn: appraisal, estimation]
4 a statement indicating the likely cost of some job; "he got an estimate from the car repair shop"
5 the respect with which a person is held; "they had a high estimation of his ability" [syn: estimation]


1 judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time); "I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds" [syn: gauge, approximate, guess, judge]
2 judge to be probable [syn: calculate, reckon, count on, figure, forecast]

User Contributed Dictionary



From ancient Latin word aes timare ("to value copper", note: copper was the currency in Ancient Rome).



  1. A rough calculation or guess.
  2. In the context of "construction": A document (or verbal notification) specifying how much a job will probably cost.



rough calculation or guess
  • Czech: odhad
  • Danish: estimat
  • Dutch: schatting
  • Finnish: arvio
  • French: estimation
  • German: Schätzung , Abschätzung
  • Hungarian: becslés
  • Italian: stima
  • Portuguese: estimativa
  • Slovene: ocena
  • Swedish: uppskattning, skattning
  • Telugu: అంచనా
(construction) a document specifying how much a job will probably cost


  1. to calculate roughly, often from imperfect data



to calculate roughly

Extensive Definition

Estimation is the calculated approximation of a result which is usable even if input data may be incomplete, uncertain, or noisy.
In mathematics, approximation or estimation typically means finding upper or lower bounds of a quantity that cannot readily be computed precisely and is also an educated guess . While initial results may be unusably uncertain, recursive input from output, can purify results to be approximately accurate, certain, complete and noise-free.

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estimate in Czech: Odhad
estimate in German: Schätzung
estimate in Hungarian: Becslés
estimate in Dutch: Schatten
estimate in Polish: Szacowanie
estimate in Simple English: Estimation
estimate in Serbian: Процена

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