guess

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noun
ADJECTIVE
fair, good, reasonable, safe

April is a safe guess for first deliveries.

educated, informed

She could make an educated guess as to what was wrong with him.

rough, wild

At a rough guess, I'd say we're about twenty miles from home.

correct, lucky

‘How did you know?’ ‘It was just a lucky guess.’

first, initial
VERB + GUESS
have (BrE), hazard, make (BrE), take (AmE), venture (esp. AmE)

If you don't know the answer, have/take a guess.

If I might hazard a guess … 

If I had to venture a guess, I'd say this was painted in the 1890s.

give sb

‘Where's Tom?’ ‘I'll give you three guesses!’

(= the answer is obvious and you should guess it easily)
GUESS + VERB
be correct, be right
PREPOSITION
at a guess

At a guess, I'd say there's a problem with the fuel pump.

guess about, guess as to, guess at

He made a wild guess as to how much the piano might cost.

PHRASES
sb's best guess

What's your best guess on what's going to happen?

a guess based on sth

a guess based on your experience

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verb
ADVERB
correctly, right
incorrectly, wrong

Jane had guessed wrong about who was responsible for the fire.

easily

an easily guessed password

VERB + GUESS
can

Can you guess his age?

can only

We can only guess how fast a dinosaur might have run.

try to
be easy to, not be difficult to, not be hard to

It's not hard to guess where they went.

PREPOSITION
at

I was only guessing at her age.

from

She guessed from his expression that he had not won.

PHRASES
could have guessed, might have guessed, should have guessed

So it was Rob who broke the window? I might have guessed!

guess again

That's not the answer. Guess again.

If you think I'm lying, well guess again.

if you haven't already guessed

If you haven't already guessed, I'm going out with Steve.

I guess so, I guess not
let me guess

What star sign are you? No, let me guess.

you can probably guess, you have probably guessed

You can probably guess how she reacted!

you'll never guess where, who, how, etc.

You'll never guess who I saw yesterday!

Guess is used with these nouns as the object: ↑answer, ↑identity, ↑password, ↑reason, ↑size, ↑truth

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Guess — (g[e^]s), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Guessed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Guessing}.] [OE. gessen; akin to Dan. gisse, Sw. gissa, Icel. gizha, D. gissen: cf. Dan. giette to guess, Icel. geta to get, to guess. Probably originally, to try to get, and akin to E.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Guess? — Guess?, Inc. Tipo Pública (NYSE: GES) Fundación Los Ángeles, CA (1981) …   Wikipedia Español

  • guess — The informal use of I guess meaning ‘I think it likely, I suppose’ developed in America in the late 18c from the standard use of the phrase meaning ‘it is my opinion or hypothesis (that)’. The Americanness of the informal use has been marked… …   Modern English usage

  • guess´er — guess «gehs», verb, noun. –v.t. 1. to form an opinion of without really knowing; conjecture; estimate: »to guess the height of a tree, guess what will happen next. 2. to get right by guessing: »Can you guess the answer to that riddle? 3. to think …   Useful english dictionary

  • guess — guess·able; guess·er; guess·ing·ly; guess; guess·ti·mate; …   English syllables

  • Guess — Guess, v. i. To make a guess or random judgment; to conjecture; with at, about, etc. [1913 Webster] This is the place, as well as I may guess. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Guess — Guess, n. An opinion as to anything, formed without sufficient or decisive evidence or grounds; an attempt to hit upon the truth by a random judgment; a conjecture; a surmise. [1913 Webster] A poet must confess His art s like physic but a happy… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • guess — [ges] vt., vi. [ME gessen, to judge, estimate, prob. < MDu, akin to Dan gisse, Swed gissa, ON geta: for IE base see GET] 1. to form a judgment or estimate of (something) without actual knowledge or enough facts for certainty; conjecture;… …   English World dictionary

  • guess — vb *conjecture, surmise Analogous words: speculate, *think, reason: imagine, fancy (see THINK): gather, *infer, deduce: estimate, reckon (see CALCULATE) guess n conjecture, surmise (see under …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • guess — [n] belief, speculation assumption, ballpark figure*, conclusion, conjecture, deduction, divination, estimate, fancy, feeling, guesstimate*, guesswork, hunch*, hypothesis, induction, inference, judgment, notion, opinion, postulate, postulation,… …   New thesaurus

  • guess — ► VERB 1) estimate or suppose (something) without sufficient information to be sure of being correct. 2) correctly estimate or conjecture. 3) (I guess) informal, chiefly N. Amer. I suppose. ► NOUN ▪ an estimate or conjecture. DERIVATIVES …   English terms dictionary

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