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What do you estimate this will cost?
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Standard suffix pronunciation:  When a word ends in "ate" and can be used as a verb or a noun/adjective, the last syllable of the word is often pronounced differently depending upon how it is used. The verb is typically pronounced with a long "a" as in the word "ate", but the noun or adjective is typically pronounced with a soft "a" which sounds more like "ut" in the word "hut".  Click on Dictionary (w/ pronunciation) to hear the pronunciations.
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  • What do you estimate this will cost?
  • Can you estimate the cost?
  • Check the reasonableness of your math solution by estimating the answer before solving the problem.
  • I hope her cost estimate of less than $100 to repair my car is good because I only have $100.

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  • What is the estimate to repair the car?
  • I want a written estimate before I approve the repair.
  • I asked her to give me a firm price, but she would only give me an estimate.
  • It was the most astonishing speech I ever heard—and I’m bound to say Tom Sawyer fell considerable in my estimation.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Whenever he performed a minor service for Jem and me, as removing a splinter from a foot, he would tell us exactly what he was going to do, give us an estimation of how much it would hurt, and explain the use of any tongs he employed.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Miss Caroline’s progress next door could be estimated by the frequency of laughter; however, the usual crew had flunked the first grade again, and were helpful in keeping order.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird

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  • Thy life is dear; for all that life can rate Worth name of life in thee hath estimate: Youth, beauty, wisdom, courage, all That happiness and prime can happy call; Thou this to hazard needs must intimate Skill infinite or monstrous desperate.
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • He cannot plead his estimation with you; he hath been a bawd.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • Go you to the prince your brother; spare not to tell him, that he hath wronged his honour in marrying the renowned Claudio,—whose estimation do you mightily hold up,—to a contaminated stale, such a one as Hero.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • That he is right in his estimation I am absolutely persuaded.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • There have been so many attacks made on the volunteers, and a man like you raises them in public estimation.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Then am I not right in my estimate of him?
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • ’— Which will be kept down to my estimate,’ said his sister.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Had Gabriel been able from the first to get a distinct view of her countenance, his estimate of it as very handsome or slightly so would have been as his soul required a divinity at the moment or was ready supplied with one.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • He really liked Sissy too well to have a contempt for her; otherwise he held her calculating powers in such very slight estimation that he must have fallen upon that conclusion.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Afterwards I took it back when it was borne in upon me startlingly with what extreme nicety he had estimated the time requisite for the ’affair.’
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Bunyan’s perception that righteousness is filthy rags, his scorn for Mr Legality in the village of Morality, his defiance of the Church as the supplanter of religion, his insistence on courage as the virtue of virtues, his estimate of the career of the conventionally respectable and sensible Worldly Wiseman as no better at bottom than the life and death of Mr Badman: all this, expressed by Bunyan in the terms of a tinker’s theology, is what Nietzsche has expressed in terms of…
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Everingham, as it used to be, was perfect in my estimation: such a happy fall of ground, and such timber!
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • ’He’s a fine boy, an’t he?’ said Squeers, throwing his head a little on one side, and falling back to the desk, the better to estimate the proportions of little Wackford.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • The general listened with assenting gratitude; and it seemed as if his own estimation of Northanger had waited unfixed till that hour.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • From situation, Mrs Clay was, in Lady Russell’s estimate, a very unequal, and in her character she believed a very dangerous companion; and a removal that would leave Mrs Clay behind, and bring a choice of more suitable intimates within Miss Elliot’s reach, was therefore an object of first-rate importance.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Mr. Tulliver took his brandy-and-water a little stronger than usual, and, for a man who might be supposed to have a few hundreds lying idle at his banker’s, was rather incautiously open in expressing his high estimate of his friend’s business talents.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • …ambergris that stirred one’s passions, and in violets that woke the memory of dead romances, and in musk that troubled the brain, and in champak that stained the imagination; and seeking often to elaborate a real psychology of perfumes, and to estimate the several influences of sweet-smelling roots, and scented pollen-laden flowers, or aromatic balms, and of dark and fragrant woods, of spikenard that sickens, of hovenia that makes men mad, and of aloes that are said to be able to expel…
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • I had got to such a low estimate of her kind that I did not expect any gratitude from her.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • He had passed his life in estimating people (it was part of the medical trade), and in nineteen cases out of twenty he was right.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Martin estimated that Pickerbaugh must have used half his time in being inspirational and eloquent.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • School and other education constantly proceed upon false principles, and show a clumsy apparatus pointed at a false mark; but your apparatus is simple, and the mark a true one; and while parents and young persons are left destitute of other just means of estimating and becoming prepared for a reasonable course in life, your discovery that the thing is in many a man’s private power, will be invaluable!
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • "I know not," said Martin, "in what sort of scales your Pangloss would weigh the misfortunes of mankind and set a just estimate on their sorrows.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • She estimated that this pleasure room used water enough to support a thousand persons on Arrakis—possibly more.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • He was no less conscious than before of what was said of Lily Bart, but he could separate the woman he knew from the vulgar estimate of her.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • By what unhappy impulse did she thus put herself at once on terms of defiance against a strength which she could not estimate?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • 11 THE EVIDENCE OF MISS DEBENHAM When Mary Debenham entered the dining-car she confirmed Poirot’s previous estimate of her.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • If cots were brought in and the hall was used as a dormitory, Mrs. Clutter estimated, the house could accommodate twenty guests during the Thanksgiving holidays; the others would have to lodge at motels or with neighbors.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • When she had thoroughly estimated him at this, she would move on and wait for him before a Lely or Reynolds.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • By which it is evident, that this Article, is the measure, and rule, by which to estimate, and examine all other Articles; and is therefore onely Fundamentall.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • It was one of those happy strokes of calculation and combination, the result of which it was difficult to estimate.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Pray make Brooke useful, and draw on me for funds if expenses exceed your estimate.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • They talked about their future fortune, of the improvements to be made in their house; he saw people’s estimation of him growing, his comforts increasing, his wife always loving him; and she was happy to refresh herself with a new sentiment, healthier, better, to feel at last some tenderness for this poor fellow who adored her.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Aziz had this high and fantastic estimate of Mrs. Moore.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Wildeve had been brooding ever since they started on the mean estimation in which he was held by his wife’s friends; and it cut his heart severely.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • This was rather a coarse mode of estimating Silas’s relation to Eppie; but we must remember that many of the impressions which Godfrey was likely to gather concerning the labouring people around him would favour the idea that deep affections can hardly go along with callous palms and scant means; and he had not had the opportunity, even if he had had the power, of entering intimately into all that was exceptional in the weaver’s experience.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • If, when she reached her destination he did not alight and attend her baggage for her, it was because, in his own estimation, he had signally failed.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • In her estimation of it, their sex life had been at the heart of their marriage.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Through her Miriam felt she got into direct contact with Jordan’s, and could estimate better Paul’s position.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • I was constantly finding myself in the company of Pablo, the musician, and my estimate of him had to be revised if only because Hermine liked him so much and was so eager for his company.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Now, the effect of that remark about Swann had been, not to raise him in my great-aunt’s estimation, but to lower Mme. de Villeparisis.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
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