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to appraise
/əˈpɹeɪz/
verb
to estimate or assess the value, quality, or performance of something or someone
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appraisal
/əˈpɹeɪzəɫ/
noun
the act of evaluating someone or something in order to form an opinion or judgment about them
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shot / stab in the dark
phrase
an attempt to guess or do something without having sufficient information or knowing the consequences
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to assess
/əˈsɛs/
verb
to form a judgment on the quality, worth, nature, ability or importance of something, someone, or a situation
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assessment
/əˈsɛsmənt/
noun
the act of judging or evaluating someone or something carefully based on specific criteria
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bet
/ˈbet/
noun
one's opinion or view about something
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to calculate
/ˈkæɫkjəˌɫeɪt/
verb
to form an opinion by considering the information at hand
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calculation
/ˌkæɫkjəˈɫeɪʃən/
noun
the process of using one's information or judgment in order to guess the outcome of a situation
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cliffhanger
/ˈkɫɪfˌhæŋɝ/
noun
an ending to an episode of a series that keeps the audience in suspense
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cliffhanging
/klˈɪfhæŋɪŋ/
adjective
(of a situation, movie, etc.) having an unclear ending that makes it enticing
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close but no cigar
phrase
used to refer to an attempt or a guess that was close to achieve success but failed to do so
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close to the mark
phrase
almost correct or accurate
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cold
/ˈkoʊɫd/
adjective
‌used specifically in children’s games to say that someone is far away from guessing the correct answer or finding a hidden person or object
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conjectural
/kəndʒˈɛktʃɚɹəl/
adjective
being primarily based on pure guess-work rather than definite knowledge
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conjecture
/kənˈdʒɛkʃɝ/, /kənˈdʒɛktʃɝ/
noun
an idea that is based on guesswork and not facts
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to conjecture
/kənˈdʒɛkʃɝ/, /kənˈdʒɛktʃɝ/
verb
to form an idea or opinion about something with limited information or unclear evidence
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critique
/kɹəˈtik/, /kɹɪˈtik/
noun
a detailed judgment of something, such as a work of art, a political idea, etc.
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to critique
/kɹəˈtik/, /kɹɪˈtik/
verb
to carefully examine something in a detailed manner
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to divine
/dɪˈvaɪn/
verb
to guess or deduce information through intuition or a sense of inner knowledge
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don't tell me
sentence
used when one already knows something or can guess it beforehand
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educated guess
/ˈɛdʒuːkˌeɪɾᵻd ɡˈɛs/
noun
a guess that is made according to one's experience or knowledge thus is more likely to be true
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to estimate
/ˈɛstəˌmeɪt/, /ˈɛstəmət/
verb
to guess the value, number, quantity, size, etc. of something without exact calculation
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estimate
/ˈɛstəˌmeɪt/, /ˈɛstəmət/
noun
a judgment or calculation of the size, extent, value, etc. of something without knowing the exact details or numbers
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estimation
/ˌɛstəˈmeɪʃən/
noun
a judgment of or an opinion about the value or qualities of something
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