the action of saying what you think is true or will happen, without being certain
make/take a guess: Make a guess and then check it on your calculator.
guess at: Take a guess at what’s behind this screen.
hazard a guess (=make a guess that will probably not be accurate): We can only hazard a guess at what happened.
guess as to: a guess as to the number of people who might come
rough guess (=one that is not expected to be accurate): At a rough guess, I’d say there were twenty people in the room.
wild guess (=one that is very unlikely to be accurate): OK, I’ll make a wild guess, but I really don’t know.
good/lucky/inspired guess: The researchers made several inspired guesses about how the brain works.
educated/informed guess (=one that is based on some knowledge): I could probably make an educated guess.
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