Estimate Es"ti*mate, n. A valuing or rating by the mind, without actually measuring, weighing, or the like; rough or approximate calculation; as, an estimate of the cost of a building, or of the quantity of water in a pond. [1913 Webster]

Weigh success in a moral balance, and our whole estimate is changed. --J. C. Shairp.

Syn: {Estimate}, {Estimation}, {Esteem}.

Usage: The noun estimate, like its verb, supposes chiefly an exercise of judgment in determining the amount, importance, or magnitude of things, with their other exterior relations; as, an estimate of expenses incurred; a true estimate of life, etc. Esteem is a moral sentiment made up of respect and attachment, -- the valuation of a person as possessing useful qualities or real worth. Thus we speak of the esteem of the wise and good as a thing greatly to be desired. Estimation seems to waver between the two. In our version of the Scriptures it is used simply for estimate; as, ``If he be poorer than thy estimation.'' --Lev. xxvii. 8. In other cases, it verges toward esteem; as, ``I know him to be of worth and worthy estimation.'' --Shak. It will probably settle down at last on this latter sense. ``Esteem is the value we place upon some degree of worth. It is higher than simple approbation, which is a decision of judgment. It is the commencement of affection.'' --Gogan. [1913 Webster]

No; dear as freedom is, and in my heart's Just estimation prized above all price. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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