guess (guesses, present participle guessing; past and past participle guessed)
- To reach a partly (or totally) unqualified conclusion.
- To solve by a correct conjecture; to conjecture rightly.
- He who guesses the riddle shall have the ring.
- (chiefly, US) to suppose (introducing a proposition of uncertain plausibility).
- That album is quite hard to find, but I guess you could try ordering it online.
- c. 1591–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Third Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene i]:
- Not all together; better far, I guess, / That we do make our entrance several ways.
- 1714, Alexander Pope, Imitations of Horace
- But in known images of life I guess / The labour greater.
- (colloquial) To think, conclude, or decide (without a connotation of uncertainty). Usually in first person: "I guess".
- "I guess you were right." "What did he say?" "He guesses you were right."
- "I guess I'll go to bed."
- (obsolete) To hit upon or reproduce by memory.
- c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
- Tell me their words, as near as thou canst guess them.
- French: deviner
- German: schätzen, raten
- Italian: indovinare
- Portuguese: adivinhar
- Russian: уга́дывать
- Spanish: adivinar, conjeturar
- French: déduire
- German: erraten
- Italian: azzeccare
- Portuguese: adivinhar, deduzir
- Russian: уга́дывать
- Spanish: deducir, adivinar
- French: supposer
- German: schätzen, wohl, glauben
- Italian: supponere, presumere
- Portuguese: achar
- Russian: полага́ть
- Spanish: suponer
guess (plural guesses)
- A prediction about the outcome of something, typically made without factual evidence or support.
- If you don't know the answer, take a guess.
- Synonyms: estimate, hypothesis, prediction
- French: conjecture
- German: Vermutung
- Italian: congettura
- Portuguese: suposição, conjectura
- Russian: дога́дка
- Spanish: conjetura