Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “guess”

See all translations

guess

verb [I/T]  /ɡes/ us  
to give an answer to a question when you do not have all the facts and so cannot be certain if you are right: [I] I didn’t know the answer, so I had to guess. [+ (that) clause] He guessed (that) she was about 50. To guess can also mean to give the correct answer: [T] She guessed the right answer. To guess also means to think or believe: [T] My plane leaves in an hour, so I guess I’d better be going. [T] "Is he going to call you back?" "I guess so."

guess

noun [C]  /ɡes/ us  
an attempt to give the right answer when you are not certain if you are right: Go on, take a guess. Someone’s guess is also an opinion about something, formed without any knowledge of the situation: I don’t know why she’s late, but my guess is she got off at the wrong exit.
(Definition of guess from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of guess?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “guess” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

beginner's luck

unexpected success experienced by a person who is just starting a particular activity

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More