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English Dictionary: guess by the DICT Development Group
4 results for guess
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
    Synonym(s): guess, conjecture, supposition, surmise, surmisal, speculation, hypothesis
  2. an estimate based on little or no information
    Synonym(s): guess, guesswork, guessing, shot, dead reckoning
  1. expect, believe, or suppose; "I imagine she earned a lot of money with her new novel"; "I thought to find her in a bad state"; "he didn't think to find her in the kitchen"; "I guess she is angry at me for standing her up"
    Synonym(s): think, opine, suppose, imagine, reckon, guess
  2. put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation; "I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again"; "I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong"
    Synonym(s): guess, venture, pretend, hazard
  3. judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time); "I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds"
    Synonym(s): estimate, gauge, approximate, guess, judge
  4. guess correctly; solve by guessing; "He guessed the right number of beans in the jar and won the prize"
    Synonym(s): guess, infer
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Guess \Guess\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Guessed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Guessing}.] [OE. gessen; akin to Dan. gisse, Sw. gissa,
      Icel. gizha, D. gissen: cf. Dan. giette to guess, Icel. geta
      to get, to guess. Probably originally, to try to get, and
      akin to E. get. See {Get}.]
      1. To form an opinion concerning, without knowledge or means
            of knowledge; to judge of at random; to conjecture.
                     First, if thou canst, the harder reason guess.
      2. To judge or form an opinion of, from reasons that seem
            preponderating, but are not decisive.
                     We may then guess how far it was from his design.
                     Of ambushed men, whom, by their arms and dress, To
                     be Taxallan enemies I guess.               --Dryden.
      3. To solve by a correct conjecture; to conjecture rightly;
            as, he who guesses the riddle shall have the ring; he has
            guessed my designs.
      4. To hit upon or reproduce by memory. [Obs.]
                     Tell me their words, as near as thou canst guess
                     them.                                                --Shak.
      5. To think; to suppose; to believe; to imagine; -- followed
            by an objective clause.
                     Not all together; better far, I guess, That we do
                     make our entrance several ways.         --Shak.
                     But in known images of life I guess The labor
                     greater.                                             --Pope.
      Syn: To conjecture; suppose; surmise; suspect; divine; think;
               imagine; fancy.
      Usage: {To Guess}, {Think}, {Reckon}. Guess denotes, to
                  attempt to hit upon at random; as, to guess at a thing
                  when blindfolded; to conjecture or form an opinion on
                  hidden or very slight grounds: as, to guess a riddle;
                  to guess out the meaning of an obscure passage. The
                  use of the word guess for think or believe, although
                  abundantly sanctioned by good English authors, is now
                  regarded as antiquated and objectionable by
                  discriminating writers. It may properly be branded as
                  a colloguialism and vulgarism when used respecting a
                  purpose or a thing about which there is no
                  uncertainty; as, I guess I 'll go to bed.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Guess \Guess\, v. i.
      To make a guess or random judgment; to conjecture; -- with
      at, about, etc.
               This is the place, as well as I may guess. --Milton.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Guess \Guess\, n.
      An opinion as to anything, formed without sufficient or
      decisive evidence or grounds; an attempt to hit upon the
      truth by a random judgment; a conjecture; a surmise.
               A poet must confess His art 's like physic -- but a
               happy guess.                                          --Dryden.
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