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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The weather at your destination airport, for the approximate time of your arrival there. Peter Greenberg, CBS News, 16 Sep. 2022 Temperatures in San Antonio reached the 90s, if not higher, during the approximate time Powell’s vehicle was believed to have been parked in the lot. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 9 Sep. 2022 The victim's clothes and shoes helped investigators determine the approximate time of death, as some of the clothing was so well preserved the labels were still visible, police said. Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 16 Aug. 2022 The man, whose approximate age is unknown, fled the area in a black or dark gray Chevy Malibu that was driven by another person, police reported. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 1 Feb. 2022 Internet service provider and traffic route locations are approximate. New York Times, 9 Aug. 2022 All start times, except for the first game of the day, are approximate. Mark Stewart, Journal Sentinel, 27 June 2022 Temperatures in San Antonio reached the 90s, if not higher, during the approximate time Powell’s vehicle was believed to have been parked in the lot. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 1 Aug. 2022 His approximate recovery time is nine months, the team said. oregonlive, 1 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The doc is wisely shot in black and white, to approximate the mood of Downey Sr. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Sep. 2022 Having no system to use makes evaluating demand for U.S. grains by foreign buyers such as China more difficult, although traders do have tricks to approximate what the USDA data might look like. Kirk Maltais, WSJ, 1 Sep. 2022 For the first time in generations, native Hawaiians will be able to approximate traditional death rites. Lauren Oster, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 July 2022 Federer is the athlete continuously cited as evidence that sports performances can approximate artistic ones. Kevin Craft, The Atlantic, 15 Sep. 2022 In Latin America, race is often glided over as if all Latin Americans lived through the same racial conditions, but those whose skin tones approximate whiteness benefit from white privilege and colorism; Mabiland knows this. Alán Pelaez Lopez, refinery29.com, 12 June 2022 Growing cells on a robotic skeleton To test the new tissue engineering concept, the researchers built a robotic shoulder joint that could accurately approximate our own movements. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 29 May 2022 Computer scientists had found that for some NP problems, answers seemed not only hard to compute, but hard to approximate as well. Quanta Magazine, 23 May 2022 The experiment lasted around six hours with two ten-minute breaks—a duration meant to approximate a workday. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Aug. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/approximate. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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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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