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 for estimate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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           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.
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                  No; dear as freedom is, and in my heart's
                  Just estimation prized above all price.
                                                    --Cowper.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Estimate \Es"ti*mate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Estimated; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Estimating.] [L. aestimatus, p. p. of aestimare. See
     Esteem, v. t.]
     1. To judge and form an opinion of the value of, from
        imperfect data, -- either the extrinsic (money), or
        intrinsic (moral), value; to fix the worth of roughly or
        in a general way; as, to estimate the value of goods or
        land; to estimate the worth or talents of a person.
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              It is by the weight of silver, and not the name of
              the piece, that men estimate commodities and
              exchange them.                        --Locke.
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              It is always very difficult to estimate the age in
              which you are living.                 --J. C.
                                                    Shairp.
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     2. To from an opinion of, as to amount,, number, etc., from
        imperfect data, comparison, or experience; to make an
        estimate of; to calculate roughly; to rate; as, to
        estimate the cost of a trip, the number of feet in a piece
        of land.
  
     Syn: To appreciate; value; appraise; prize; rate; esteem;
          count; calculate; number. -- To Estimate, Esteem.
          Both these words imply an exercise of the judgment.
          Estimate has reference especially to the external
          relations of things, such as amount, magnitude,
          importance, etc. It usually involves computation or
          calculation; as, to estimate the loss or gain of an
          enterprise. Esteem has reference to the intrinsic or
          moral worth of a person or thing. Thus, we esteem a man
          for his kindness, or his uniform integrity. In this
          sense it implies a mingled sentiment of respect and
          attachment. We esteem it an honor to live in a free
          country. See Appreciate.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  estimate
      n 1: an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth;
           "an estimate of what it would cost"; "a rough idea how long
           it would take" [syn: estimate, estimation,
           approximation, idea]
      2: a judgment of the qualities of something or somebody; "many
         factors are involved in any estimate of human life"; "in my
         estimation the boy is innocent" [syn: estimate,
         estimation]
      3: a document appraising the value of something (as for
         insurance or taxation) [syn: appraisal, estimate,
         estimation]
      4: a statement indicating the likely cost of some job; "he got
         an estimate from the car repair shop"
      5: the respect with which a person is held; "they had a high
         estimation of his ability" [syn: estimate, estimation]
      v 1: judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or
           time); "I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds"
           [syn: estimate, gauge, approximate, guess, judge]
      2: judge to be probable [syn: calculate, estimate, reckon,
         count on, figure, forecast]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  201 Moby Thesaurus words for "estimate":
     account as, add, adjudge, adjudicate, algebraize, analyzing,
     appraisal, appraise, appraisement, appraising, appreciate,
     appreciation, approximate, approximation, ascertain, assay, assess,
     assessing, assessment, assize, assizement, assume, assumption,
     attitude, be afraid, belief, believe, calculate, calculation,
     calibrate, caliper, call, cast, check a parameter, cipher, class,
     climate of opinion, common belief, community sentiment,
     computation, compute, conceit, conceive, concept, conception,
     conclusion, conjecture, consensus gentium, consider, consideration,
     correction, count, daresay, decide, deduce, deem, determination,
     determine, dial, discover, divide, dope out, enumerate, esteem,
     estimation, ethos, evaluate, evaluating, evaluation,
     evaluative criticism, expect, extract roots, eye, fancy, fathom,
     feeling, figure, figure in, figure out, form an estimate, gauge,
     gauging, general belief, give an appreciation, graduate, guess,
     guesstimate, have a hunch, have an idea, have an impression,
     have an inkling, have the idea, hold, hold as, idea, imagine,
     impression, infer, instrumentation, judge, judgement, judgment,
     lights, look upon as, maintain, make an estimation, mark, measure,
     measurement, measuring, mensurate, mensuration, mete, meter,
     metric system, mind, multiply, mystique, notion, observation,
     opine, opinion, pace, personal judgment, place, plumb,
     point of view, popular belief, position, posture, presume,
     presumption, prevailing belief, price, prize, probe, projection,
     public belief, public opinion, put, quantification, quantify,
     quantization, quantize, rank, ranking, rate, rating, reaction,
     reckon, reckoning, regard, round, score, sense, sentiment, set at,
     set down as, settle, sight, size, size up, sound, span, stance,
     step, stock, subtract, sum, suppose, surmise, survey, surveying,
     suspect, take, take a reading, take account of, take for, take it,
     tally, telemetering, telemetry, theory, think, thinking, thought,
     triangulate, triangulation, trow, valuate, valuation, value,
     valuing, view, view as, viewpoint, way of thinking, ween, weigh,
     weighing, work out
  
  

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