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approximate

adjective ap·prox·i·mate \ ə-ˈpräk-sə-mət \
|Updated on: 18 Jul 2018

Definition of approximate

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

approximately

adverb

Examples of approximate in a Sentence

  1. This is the approximate location of the ancient city.

  2. Can you give me the approximate cost of the repair?

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Origin and Etymology of approximate

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


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approximate

verb ap·prox·i·mate \ -ˌmāt \

Definition of approximate

approximated; approximating
1 : to come near to or be close to (something)
  • a reproduction that approximates the original
2 a : to bring near or close
b : to bring (cut edges of tissue) together
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.
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Examples of approximate in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of approximate from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of approximate


APPROXIMATE Defined for English Language Learners

approximate

Definition of approximate for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


APPROXIMATE Defined for Kids

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approximate

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

Definition of approximate for Students

: nearly correct or exact
  • the approximate cost

approximately

adverb

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approximate

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

Definition of approximate for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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approximate

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

medical Definition of approximate

: located close together

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approximate

transitive verb ap·prox·i·mate \ -ˌmāt \

medical Definition of approximate

approximated; approximating
: to bring together
  • approximate cut edges of tissue

approximation

play \ə-ˌpräk-sə-ˈmā-shən\ noun


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