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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Mapping the isotopic signatures to their approximate geographies, Dominy and his colleagues discovered some of the animals weren’t native to Egypt, likely hailing from somewhere in the area of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Somalia.—Miriam Fauzia, Ars Technica, 11 Nov. 2023 That’s the approximate distance Musk traveled Monday to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and tour a kibbutz ravaged in Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack.—Will Oremus, Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2023 An approximate half-mile portion of Sheridan Road from Hawthorn Avenue to Harbor Road was closed for several hours following the incident.—Daniel I. Dorfman, Chicago Tribune, 25 Aug. 2023 Google said that people using Find My Device, the software that shows the location of Android smartphones, see a one-time disclosure that the device location is approximate and might not always be accurate.—Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2023 Over time, a small clump grows into a thicket the approximate size of Delaware.—Steve Bender, Southern Living, 19 Oct. 2023 Maps of most regions display only approximate depths and often miss entire underwater mountains or canyons.—Ethan Freedman, Scientific American, 17 Oct. 2023 China now is working on a crewed lunar program with the approximate goal of landing its astronauts on the Moon around 2030.—Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 18 Oct. 2023 The approximate dates of this internship are from January 2024 to June 2024.—G. Elliott Morris, ABC News, 21 Sep. 2023
For context, this approximates the nation’s GDP in 2022, which was $25.46 trillion, as stated by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.—Caleb Richter, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 The scientists approximated the effects of mining by pumping sediment into the jellies’ tanks, essentially asking how the animals would cope with the muddy water.—Kate Golembiewski, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2023 Goldberg also replaced missing feathers, using those from ducks and geese that had been colored to approximate a pigeon’s.—Alice George, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Nov. 2023 Researchers from Peru, Poland and Sweden created a lifelike silicone model of her face that approximates the girl’s appearance at the time of her death, according to an announcement from the Catholic University of Santa María in Peru, where Juanita is displayed.—Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2023 Underground pipes will deliver blasts of air that can approximate wind, steam, raindrops or various smells, such as roses, forests or chocolate chip cookies.—Katherine Rosman, New York Times, 20 Sep. 2023 This ring means something to me: To my mental health, my peace of mind, the never-ending art of approximating balance.—Erika Veurink, Vogue, 27 Sep. 2023 Human feedback is what allows today’s chatbots to approximate turn-by-turn conversation, rather than just providing a single response.—Cade Metz, New York Times, 25 Sep. 2023 Head to the gym midday and approximate the magic morning routine at noon.—Sherry Walling, Fortune Well, 15 Aug. 2023 See More
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Adjective and Verb
Late Latin approximatus, past participle of approximare to come near, from Latin ad- + proximare to come near — more at proximate