approximate

adjective
ap·​prox·​i·​mate | \ ə-ˈpräk-sə-mət How to pronounce approximate (audio) \

Definition of approximate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : nearly correct or exact : close in value or amount but not precise an approximate solution an approximate date
2 : located close together approximate leaves

approximate

verb
ap·​prox·​i·​mate | \ ə-ˈpräk-sə-ˌmāt How to pronounce approximate (audio) \
approximated; approximating

Definition of approximate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to come near to or be close to (something) a reproduction that approximates the original
2a : to bring near or close
b : to bring (cut edges of tissue) together

intransitive verb

chiefly British : to come close usually used with to… the pigments on a palette can only approximate to the limitless range of colour in nature.The Illustrated Dictionary of Art Terms

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Examples of approximate in a Sentence

Adjective This is the approximate location of the ancient city. Can you give me the approximate cost of the repair? Verb I've finally found a vegetarian burger that approximates the taste of real beef. The colors in the pictures can only approximate the real thing. an Australian who can approximate a strong New York City accent
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Family research had discerned an approximate location in Harris County, Georgia. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, "Johnson: Black and Confederate - a family’s complicated and conflicted journey," 13 July 2020 Fold up the sides toward the center until the egg is the approximate size of the bagel. cleveland, "Beyond the McMuffin: 6 breakfast sandwiches you can make at home," 2 June 2020 After determining the approximate location of the shots, the meters relay information to 911 operators, who initiate a police response, an NYPD spokesman said. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "NYPD cars hit with glass bottles and other debris in Harlem after responding to report of gunfire detected," 28 June 2020 That happens to be, by the way, the approximate number of smokers in the United States. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Philip Morris CEO spends waking hours getting people to quit smoking cigarettes," 25 June 2020 The crucial point is that this approximate description of gravity will break down at some energy scale — or equivalently, below some length. Quanta Magazine, "Why Gravity Is Not Like the Other Forces," 15 June 2020 And of the approximate 1.6 million students in America attending schools with police officers but no counselors, more of those students are black than white. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, "Defund police in schools? How the movement got momentum after George Floyd's death," 12 June 2020 The 3% to 5% that [Elaine] is talking about are approximate rates. Anna Kuchment, Dallas News, "‘We need to adapt’: Baylor Scott & White Health’s medical director takes readers’ questions about COVID-19," 12 June 2020 The 105th pick comes with an approximate value of $554,300. oregonlive, "Oregon State pitcher Christian Chamberlain selected in 4th round of 2020 MLB draft by Kansas City Royals," 11 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The fake ballots used the same size envelope, same class of mail, and were even folded the same way to approximate the weight, although real ballots do have a logo that is intended to expedite them that CBS was unable to replicate. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "RNC warns of 'disaster' after CBS mail-in voting experiment reveals potential problems," 29 July 2020 My response: approximate one million crying emojis. Sadiya Ansari, refinery29.com, "Canadian Media Is White AF — I Want A Mentor Who Has Felt That," 9 July 2020 The interviews were conducted online and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of adults based on age, gender, educational attainment, race, and region. National Geographic, "Poll: Who always wears a mask in public—and who doesn't?," 10 July 2020 My response: approximate one million crying emojis. Sadiya Ansari, refinery29.com, "Canadian Media Is White AF — I Want A Mentor Who Has Felt That," 9 July 2020 My response: approximate one million crying emojis. Sadiya Ansari, refinery29.com, "Canadian Media Is White AF — I Want A Mentor Who Has Felt That," 3 July 2020 In Cyberpunk 2077, ray-traced ambient occlusion additionally can be used with local lights to approximate local shadowing effects where shadows are missing. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Cyberpunk 2077 goes all-in on ray tracing and Nvidia's DLSS 2.0," 25 June 2020 Today, computers can simulate the 3D Ising model and approximate its critical exponents to a reasonable degree of accuracy, so there’s little urgency to find an exact solution. Quanta Magazine, "The Cartoon Picture of Magnets That Has Transformed Science," 24 June 2020 On the train cars with a weight sensor, the total weight of the train is tracked and divided by 172 pounds, to approximate how many people are present. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "How America's busiest commuter railroad plans to avoid crowding during the pandemic," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of approximate

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for approximate

Adjective and Verb

Late Latin approximatus, past participle of approximare to come near, from Latin ad- + proximare to come near — more at proximate

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The first known use of approximate was in the 15th century

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20 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Approximate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/approximate. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for approximate

approximate

verb
How to pronounce approximate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of approximate

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

approximate

adjective
ap·​prox·​i·​mate | \ ə-ˈpräk-sə-mət How to pronounce approximate (audio) \

Kids Definition of approximate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: nearly correct or exact the approximate cost

Other Words from approximate

approximately adverb

approximate

verb
ap·​prox·​i·​mate | \ ə-ˈpräk-sə-ˌmāt How to pronounce approximate (audio) \
approximated; approximating

Kids Definition of approximate (Entry 2 of 2)

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

approximate

adjective
ap·​prox·​i·​mate | \ ə-ˈpräk-sə-mət How to pronounce approximate (audio) \

Medical Definition of approximate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: located close together

approximate

transitive verb
ap·​prox·​i·​mate | \ -ˌmāt How to pronounce approximate (audio) \
approximated; approximating

Medical Definition of approximate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to bring together approximate cut edges of tissue

Other Words from approximate

approximation \ ə-​ˌpräk-​sə-​ˈmā-​shən How to pronounce approximation (audio) \ noun

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