Vocabulary Thursdays (with Joanna)

Estimate

The verb estimate means to roughly calculate the number or value of something. 

For example, Let’s estimate how many marbles there are in the jar.

The noun ‘estimate’ means a rough calculation of the number or value of something.

For example: According to Luke’s estimate, the kitchen renovation is going to cost us about ten thousand dollars.

Note that the pronunciation of the verb ‘estimate’ /ˈɛs təˌmeɪt/ is different from the pronunciation of the noun ‘estimate’ /ˈɛs tə mɪt/.

Can you use estimate in a sentence? Add yours in the comments 🙂


Joanna Rodzen-Hickey

Joanna Rodzen-Hickey has been an ESL teacher and consultant for nearly 20 years. She has taught English at numerous universities and community colleges in New Jersey and currently teaches at the Hackettstown High School in Hackettstown, NJ.

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