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Synonyms of 'guess'

(verb) 
Definition
to arrive at a correct estimate of (something) by guessing
I can only guess what it cost her to tell you the truth.
Synonyms
estimate
Officials estimate it will be two days before electricity is restored to the island.
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work out
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speculate
The reader can speculate about what will happen next.
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surmise
She surmised that they had discovered one of the illegal streets.
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hazard a guess
I would hazard a guess that they'll do fairly well.
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hypothesize
Opposites
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be sure
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be certain
(verb) 
Definition
to think or suppose
I guess I'm just being paranoid.
Synonyms
suppose
The problem was more complex than he supposed.
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think
I think he'll do a great job for us.
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believe
I believe you have something of mine.
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suspect
I suspect they were right.
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judge
It is important to judge the weight of your washing load.
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imagine
I imagine you're referring to me.
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reckon (informal)
He reckoned he was still fond of her.
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fancy
She fancied he was trying to hide a smile.
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conjecture
This may or may not be true; we are all conjecturing here.
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dare say
(noun) 
Definition
an estimate or conclusion arrived at by guessing
He took her pulse and made a guess at her blood pressure.
Synonyms
estimate
This figure is five times the original estimate.
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speculation
I had published my speculations about the future of the universe.
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conjecture
Your assertion is merely a conjecture, not a fact.
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surmise
Her surmise proved correct.
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shot in the dark
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ballpark figure (informal)
Opposites
(noun) 
My guess is that she's waiting for you to make the first move.
Synonyms
supposition
There's a popular supposition that we're publicly funded.
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feeling
I have a feeling that everything will come right for us.
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idea
I had an idea that he joined the army later.
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theory
There is a theory that they met each other a few years ago.
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notion
the notion that musical ability is present from birth
He has a realistic notion of his capabilities.
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suspicion
I have a sneaking suspicion that they are going to succeed.
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hypothesis
Different hypotheses have been put forward.

Quotations

The shrewd guess, the fertile hypothesis, the courageous leap to a tentative conclusion - these are the most valuable coin of the thinker at work [Jerome S. BrunerThe Process of Education]
I never guess. It is a shocking habit - destructive to the logical faculty [Sir Arthur Conan DoyleThe Sign of Four]

Additional synonyms

in the sense of believe
Definition
to think, assume, or suppose
I believe you have something of mine.
in the sense of conjecture
Definition
to form (an opinion or conclusion) from incomplete evidence
This may or may not be true; we are all conjecturing here.
in the sense of conjecture
Definition
a guess
Your assertion is merely a conjecture, not a fact.
Synonyms
theorizing,
shot in the dark,
guesstimate (informal)

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