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1approximate

adjective ap·prox·i·mate \ə-ˈpräk-sə-mət\

: almost correct or exact : close in value or amount but not precise

Full Definition of APPROXIMATE

1
:  located close together <approximate leaves>
2
:  nearly correct or exact <an approximate solution>
ap·prox·i·mate·ly adverb

Examples of APPROXIMATE

  1. This is the approximate location of the ancient city.
  2. Can you give me the approximate cost of the repair?

Origin of APPROXIMATE

Late Latin approximatus, past participle of approximare to come near, from Latin ad- + proximare to come near — more at proximate
First Known Use: 15th century

2approximate

verb ap·prox·i·mate \-ˌmāt\

: to be very similar to but not exactly like (something) ( chiefly Brit )

: to do or make a thing that is very similar to but not exactly like (something)

: to calculate the almost exact value or position of (something)

ap·prox·i·mat·edap·prox·i·mat·ing

Full Definition of APPROXIMATE

transitive verb
1
a :  to bring near or close
b :  to bring (cut edges of tissue) together
2
:  to come near to or be close to in position, value, or characteristics <a child tries to approximate his parents' speech>
intransitive verb
:  to come close —usually used with to

Examples of APPROXIMATE

  1. I've finally found a vegetarian burger that approximates the taste of real beef.
  2. The colors in the pictures can only approximate the real thing.
  3. an Australian who can approximate a strong New York City accent

First Known Use of APPROXIMATE

15th century

Rhymes with APPROXIMATE

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APPROXIMATE Defined for Kids

1approximate

adjective ap·prox·i·mate \ə-ˈpräk-sə-mət\

Definition of APPROXIMATE for Kids

:  nearly correct or exact <the approximate cost>
ap·prox·i·mate·ly adverb

2approximate

verb ap·prox·i·mate \ə-ˈpräk-sə-ˌmāt\
ap·prox·i·mat·edap·prox·i·mat·ing

Definition of APPROXIMATE for Kids

:  to come near in position, value, or characteristics :  approach <approximating the distance> <He tried to approximate the singer's style.>

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