guess´er

guess «gehs», verb, noun.
–v.t.
1. to form an opinion of without really knowing; conjecture; estimate: »

to guess the height of a tree, guess what will happen next.

2. to get right by guessing: »

Can you guess the answer to that riddle?

3. to think, believe, or suppose: »

I guess she is really sick after all.

–v.i.
1. to form an opinion when one does not know exactly; estimate: »

Do you know this or are you just guessing? We guessed at her weight. Our present strength, I guess, is about seven hundred (George Washington).

2. to get something right by guessing.
3. to think, believe, or suppose.
–n.
1. an opinion formed without really knowing: »

My guess is that it will rain tomorrow.

SYNONYM(S): supposition, surmise, conjecture.
2. a guessing.
[Middle English gessen, probably < Scandinavian (compare Middle Danish getse)]
guess´er, noun.
Synonym Study transitive verb. 1 Guess, conjecture, surmise mean to form an opinion without knowing enough. Guess, the least formal word, suggests forming an opinion on the basis of what one thinks likely, without really knowing for certain: »

I guessed the distance to the nearest town.

Conjecture suggests having some evidence, but not enough for proof: »

The scholars conjectured that the poem had once existed in a longer form.

Surmise suggests having little or no evidence beyond what one merely suspects: »

Were you able to surmise her thoughts?


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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