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 All practice dates and times are approximate/subject to change. cleveland, 15 July 2021 The approximate $182 million spending plan forecasts revenues of just over $178.4 million. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, 2 July 2021 All fireworks times listed are approximate and subject to change. Serena Puang, The Indianapolis Star, 26 June 2021 According to a September 2020 article in The Commercial, the Pine Bluff City Council used the approximate $300,000 freed up from 10 job cuts within the department to fund raises for 118 uniformed officers at the time. I.c. Murrell, Arkansas Online, 24 June 2021 Passengers seeking a bit of extra space can also use the app to view the approximate crowd at a theater by seeing how many spaces are still available to reserve a show. John Mccormick, WSJ, 21 June 2021 The approximate metric tonne weight of an EV constitutes materials such as metals (including rare earths), plastics, glass and rubber. Chirag Dhara, Scientific American, 20 June 2021 These workarounds yield approximate predictions, which are good enough, because experiments aren’t infinitely precise either. Kevin Hartnett, Wired, 20 June 2021 The date — June 19, but actually somewhat approximate, hence the vague name — commemorates when Union Army general Gordon Granger declared an end to slavery in Texas in June 1865. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 19 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Third Street entertainment district will approximate the shape of a rectangle and enclose several eating and drinking establishments, including Copper Grill, Dugan's Pub, Dizzy's Gypsy Bistro and Lucky Lou's. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, 7 July 2021 Fourth of July celebrations will approximate normalcy. Rick Klein, Averi Harper, ABC News, 2 July 2021 One of the rare films that does approximate the sensations of a great novel is one that was actually never a novel at all: Marco Tullio Giordana’s beloved Italian historical drama, The Best of Youth. Max Cea, Vulture, 18 Mar. 2021 Likewise, at-home theaters can now approximate (in terms of audio/visual quality) something close to the theatrical experience. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Once at-home video game systems like Super Nintendo and PlayStation could fully approximate or outright surpass what was offered in arcades for a one-time $50 purchase price, the arcades almost entirely vanished. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 15 June 2021 The lab is inside a special plane, outfitted for parabolic flights that can approximate the zero-gravity environment of space. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 14 June 2021 Recognizing that, Airbnb is rolling out new features that will approximate that experience online. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 24 May 2021 But in the southern scenario, in which the magnetic fields were tweaked to approximate a location about 100 miles west of Key West, the sharks tended to orient themselves northward—towards home. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 May 2021

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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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“Approximate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/approximate. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for approximate

approximate

verb

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 approximate (audio) \ noun

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