I. estimate es‧ti‧mate 1 [ˈestmt] 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.

2. a statement of how much it will probably cost to build or repair something ; = QUOTATION; QUOTE:

• 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 [ˈestmeɪt] 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.

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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.

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


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


a preliminary/initial/early estimate

rough/accurate estimate »

At a rough estimate, three-quarters of the farms listed are working farms.


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 revised estimate may then be sent to you.

See also COST ESTIMATE(Cf. ↑cost estimate), EARNINGS ESTIMATE(Cf. ↑earnings estimate), INSURANCE ESTIMATE(Cf. ↑insurance estimate)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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