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 | \ -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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Other Words from approximate

Adjective

approximately adverb

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

Delta, for example, has partnered with The Nature Conservancy to show you the approximate environmental impact of your flight and offer an option to donate to various forest protection projects to offset the damage done. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Book a Flight and This App Will Offset Your CO2 Emissions for Free," 1 May 2019 After hearing their own schedule and assessing your project's needs, work together to set out approximate start and end dates. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "Here Are The 8 Interview Questions To Ask A Potential Contractor," 26 Dec. 2018 In the event the stated approximate retail value(s) of a prize is more than the actual fair market value of that prize, the difference will not be awarded in cash or otherwise. The Healthyish Team, Bon Appetit, "Healthyish Homecoming Ticket Giveaway Rules," 1 May 2018 The total volume of aluminum products exported from the EU to the U.S. rose 8% to 353 kilotons in 2017, representing an approximate value of €1.2 billion, according to Eurostat. Bob Tita, WSJ, "Foreign Aluminum Producers Shake Off U.S. Tariffs," 26 Oct. 2018 The document should cover all aspects of the job, including payment schedules, products being used, approximate start and finish dates, description of the project, and procedures for change orders. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "How Long It Takes To Renovate Every Single Room In Your House," 26 Dec. 2018 The story begins back in the Ice Age, when a baby horse died at the the approximate age of two months in what scientists suspect was an accident, likely a drowning. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Once Implicated in Cloning Fraud, This Scientist Now Wants to Bring Back an Extinct Ice-Age Horse," 7 Sep. 2018 Check that there's enough space for a pencil (the approximate size of a toddler's finger) to move freely between hinge parts at all points during hood adjustment. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GHRI Investigates: Baby Strollers," 11 Oct. 2010 In the photo, according to The Post’s Amy B Wang, ‘‘a figure with Earhart’s haircut and approximate body type sits on the dock, facing away from the camera. . Marwa Eltagouri, BostonGlobe.com, "Bones found on a Pacific island belong to Amelia Earhart, analysis claims," 8 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Cycles of heating and cooling approximate the intense sunsets and sunrises a GPS satellite will see in space. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Locked Rooms Where They Protect GPS," 22 Mar. 2019 Transit officials in cities around the world are trying to find ways to help buses move faster through traffic, better approximating the expediency of subway service at a small fraction of the operating and infrastructure costs. Martine Powers, Washington Post, "Metro wants bus trips to be faster, and getting rid of cash may be the answer," 26 May 2018 Homeowners can approximate built-in lighting with LED tape strips from Home Depot , noted Mr. Kligerman. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "Goodbye, Showy Chandeliers. Hello, Low-Key Lighting That Transforms Rooms," 25 Jan. 2019 An example network There are lots of ways to approximate functions, of course. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How computers got shockingly good at recognizing images," 18 Dec. 2018 These metrics seemed like the best way to approximate how voters in every state feel about the national political environment, as well as their current state leadership. Dylan Scott, Vox, "9 states where Democrats can win back legislative control from Republicans in 2018," 30 July 2018 Stately, plump SUVs are running roughshod over the auto industry, crushing sedans, compacts and anything else that doesn’t approximate a 5,000-pound turtle. Kyle Stock, The Seattle Times, "Richer Americans are skipping SUVs for station wagons," 7 Jan. 2019 At times, the thickness of the production approximates the tricks of new age music, sounds that encourage a kind of hypnosis. New York Times, "Post Malone and Rae Sremmurd, Hip-Hop Impressionists Shaping the Stream," 9 May 2018 The Galaxy maker showed off its new Infinity Flex Display yesterday, a display technology that will allow a tablet-sized screen to fold into a device that approximates the size and shape of a smartphone. Tom Warren, The Verge, "The foldable phones are coming," 8 Nov. 2018

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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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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 approximation (audio) \ noun

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