estate Definition

  • 1an extensive area of land in the country, usually with a large house, owned by one person, family, or organization
  • 2all the money and property owned by a particular person, especially at death
  • 3a particular type of property, such as houses or buildings, that are owned by a particular person or organization

Using estate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "estate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He inherited the family estate after his father's death.

  • Example

    The estate was sold to a developer and turned into a housing development.

  • Example

    She left her entire estate to her children.

  • Example

    The company owns a large estate of commercial properties across the city.

estate Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for estate

Idioms Using estate

  • in possession of an estate or property


    He lived in estate, surrounded by acres of land and a grand mansion.

  • a person who has achieved great success and wealth in the real estate industry


    The real estate mogul owned several skyscrapers in the city and had a net worth of billions of dollars.

  • a sale of a deceased person's belongings, typically held at their former residence


    We went to the estate sale and bought some antique furniture and vintage clothing.

Phrases with estate

  • property consisting of land or buildings


    He works in real estate, buying and selling properties for clients.

  • a person whose job is to sell houses or land for people


    We need to find a good estate agent to help us sell our house.

  • the total value of a deceased person's assets that are subject to probate


    The probate estate includes all assets that are not held in a trust or have a named beneficiary.

Origins of estate

from Old French 'estat', meaning 'property, status, condition'


Summary: estate in Brief

The term 'estate' [ɪˈsteɪt] refers to a large area of land with a house, or all the money and property owned by a person. It can also refer to a particular type of property, such as houses or buildings, owned by a person or organization. 'Estate' extends into phrases like 'real estate,' and idioms like 'in estate,' denoting possession, and 'estate sale,' referring to the sale of a deceased person's belongings.

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