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guessverb [I/T]

 us   /ɡes/
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 ​correctanswer: [T] She guessed the ​rightanswer. To guess also ​means to ​think or ​believe: [T] My ​planeleaves in an ​hour, so I guess I’d ​better be going. [T] "Is he going to ​call you back?" "I guess so."

guessnoun [C]

 us   /ɡes/
an ​attempt to give the ​rightanswer 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 ​wrongexit.
(Definition of guess from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"guess" in British English

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guessverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ɡes/
A2 to give an ​answer to a ​particularquestion when you do not have all the ​facts and so cannot be ​certain if you are ​correct: I didn't ​know the ​answer, so I had to guess. On the last ​question, she guessed right/​wrong. [+ question word] Guess when this was ​built. [+ (that)] I guessed (that) she was ​yoursister. She ​asked me to guess her ​age. I guessed the ​totalamount to be about £50,000.A2 to give the ​correctanswer or make the ​correctjudgment: [+ question word] I ​bet you can't guess howold he is. She guessed the ​answer on her first ​try. "You have a new ​job, don't you?" "Yes, how did you guess?"guess what? A2 informal used before ​telling someone something ​interesting or ​surprising: Guess what? We ​won the ​game 4–0.I guess B1 informal used when you ​believe something is ​true or ​likely but are not ​certain: [+ (that)] I guess (that) things are ​pretty hard for you now.

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guessnoun [C]

uk   us   /ɡes/
B1 an ​attempt to give the ​rightanswer when you are not ​certain if you are ​correct: Go on - have/make a guess. Both ​teams made some wild guesses (= made without much ​thought), none of which were ​right. someone's ​opinion about something that is ​formed without any ​knowledge of the ​situation: "I ​wonder why she's not here." "My guess is that her ​car has ​broken down."be anyone's guess If a ​piece of ​information is anyone's guess, no one ​knows it: "So what's going to ​happen now?" "That's anyone's guess."

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  • Both ​teams made some ​wild guesses , none of which were ​right.
  • I wouldn't like to ​hazard a guess.
  • That was an ​inspired guess.
  • This is only a ​rough guess.
  • That's my ​best guess but I could well be ​wrong.
(Definition of guess from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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