Estimate vs estimate

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Estimate and estimate  are two words that are spelled identically but are pronounced differently and have different meanings, which makes them heteronyms. We will examine the definitions of the words estimate and estimate, where these words came from, and a few examples of their use in sentences. 

Estimate (ESS tuh mate) means to make a rough calculation or rough judgement about something: its cost, size, quantity, value, quality, etc. Estimate is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are estimates, estimated, estimating, estimation. The word estimate is derived from the Latin word, aestimatus, which means to appraise.

Estimate (ESS tuh mutt) is a noun that means an approximation, a guess, or a rough calculation or judgement about something’s cost, size, quantity, value, quality, etc. The plural form is estimates. The word estimate is also derived from the Latin word, aestimatus.


Whether you plan to sell your home, refinance your mortgage, borrow from your home equity, or just want to estimate your net worth, it’s important to understand how much your home is worth. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

We estimate that more than 1,500 adults and kids were helped with the money. (Dispatch Argus)

The number of golden eagles that spend summers in Alaska is more than three times the previous estimate, biologists just determined. (Anchorage Daily News)

Australia’s Fortescue Metals Group raised the cost estimate for its Iron Bridge magnetite project for the second time this year on Friday, citing the impact of inflation on expenses and labour constraints to push back first production. (Reuters)