- estimate
**▪**__I.__**estimate**es‧ti‧mate^{1}[ˈestmt] noun [countable]**1.**a calculation of what the value, size, amount etc of something will probably be:**• They were able to give us a****rough estimate**(= a not very exact one ) of the cost.**• Even the most****conservative estimates**(= deliberately low ) suggest we need to build one million new homes.**• Get several estimates before starting any building work.****• Nuclear power stations are notoriously unreliable and construction costs go way over original estimates.**[m0]**▪**__II.__**estimate**es‧ti‧mate^{2}[ˈestmeɪt] verb [intransitive, transitive]to calculate what you think the value, size, amount etc of something is or will probably be:**• Officials estimate that supply has exceeded demand by £7.5 billion since the beginning of 2005.****• The value of the deal****is estimated at**£12 million.* * *

**Ⅰ.****estimate**__UK____US__/ˈestɪmeɪt/__verb__[__T__]**►**to say what you believe the cost, size, value, etc. of something is, although you do not know for certain:**estimate how much/many**»»We should be able to estimate how many customers we will have each month.

Several online calculators allow you to estimate your carbon emissions.

**estimate that sth**»Some analysts estimate that about a quarter of career-track hires in recent years have been women.

**estimate sth to be sth**»The knock-on economic benefit is estimated to be about 1200 jobs.

**estimate sth at sth**»Global oil reserves were estimated at 1,000 billion barrels.

**Ⅱ.****estimate**__UK____US__/ˈestɪmət/__noun__[__C__]**►**a guess as to what the size, value, amount, etc. of something might be:**make/give/provide an estimate (of sth)**»»Please provide an estimate of the increased cost for your business per annum.

»The

a survey done in the early 1990s, so may no longer be accurate.*estimates are based on*»The

puts the total number of sales at about 1,000.*best estimate*a

*preliminary/initial/early estimate***rough/accurate estimate**»», three-quarters of the farms listed are working farms.*At a rough estimate*a

*conservative/realistic/reasonable estimate***►**__COMMERCE__a statement for a possible customer about how much a piece of work should cost:**give sb/provide/prepare an estimate**»He will compile the specifications, draw up plans, and prepare an estimate.

**ask for/obtain an estimate (for sth)**»»We can offer advice on how to obtain estimates for minor repairs.

If it is discovered that the cost will be greater than originally estimated, a

may then be sent to you.*revised estimate*→**See also****COST ESTIMATE**(Cf. ↑cost estimate),**EARNINGS ESTIMATE**(Cf. ↑earnings estimate),**INSURANCE ESTIMATE**(Cf. ↑insurance estimate)

*Financial and business terms.
2012.*