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arrived at an opinion without sufficient evidence to support it; estimated: He guessed that it would take two hours to get there.; thought: I guessed it would be okay.; believed: I guessed he was telling the truth.
Not to be confused with:
guest – a person who spends time in another’s home as a visitor: house guest, dinner guest; a person who patronizes a hotel, restaurant, etc.; participating or performing as a guest: guest speaker, guest conductor
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v. guessed, guess·ing, guess·es
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.
1. To make an estimate or conjecture: We could only guess at her motives.
2. To estimate or conjecture correctly.
1. An act or instance of guessing.
2. A conjecture arrived at by guessing.
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