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The word estimate can be read as either a noun or a verb.

The meanings are closely related, but the pronunciation of the two varies in the final syllable.

  • The noun 'an estimate' has the sound of the schwa or the vowel 'i' in the last syllable, while the first syllable is quite strongly stressed: 'EST-i-mut', IPA: /'ɛs tɪ mə(or ɪ)t/'
  • The verb 'to estimate' has a clearer '-a-' vowel in the last syllable, like the sound of the last syllable in 'calculate' and 'relate'. This makes the stress on the first syllable slightly less than in the noun - but it is still the principal stress in the word, IPA: /'ɛs tɪ ,meɪt/.