guessing


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guess

 (gĕs)
v. guessed, guess·ing, guess·es
v.tr.
1.
a. To predict (a result or an event) without sufficient information.
b. To assume, presume, or assert (a fact) without sufficient information.
2. To form a correct estimate or conjecture of: guessed the answer.
3. To suppose; think: I guess he was wrong.
v.intr.
1. To make an estimate or conjecture: We could only guess at her motives.
2. To estimate or conjecture correctly.
n.
1. An act or instance of guessing.
2. A conjecture arrived at by guessing.

[Middle English gessen, probably of Scandinavian origin; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.]

guess′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.guessing - an estimate based on little or no informationguessing - an estimate based on little or no information
approximation, estimate, estimation, idea - an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth; "an estimate of what it would cost"; "a rough idea how long it would take"
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