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 morningDuring a lifetime, a person will take approximately 500 million breaths.Arthur S. Slutsky, M.D., et al.

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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“Approximately.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

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