ap·​prox·​i·​mate·​ly ə-ˈpräk-sə-mət-lē How to pronounce approximately (audio)
: in an approximate manner
an event in ancient history that can only be approximately dated
used to indicate that a stated number, amount, or value is an approximation
Approximately [=around, about] 2,000 people attended the rally.
arrived at approximately 11:30 in the morning
During a lifetime, a person will take approximately 500 million breaths.Arthur S. Slutsky, M.D., et al.

Examples of approximately in a Sentence

it takes approximately three hours to drive to Dallas
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Word History

First Known Use

1742, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of approximately was in 1742

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Cite this Entry

“Approximately.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: reasonably close to
approximately 5 miles
at approximately six o'clock

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