- near or approaching a certain state, condition, goal, or standard.
- nearly exact; not perfectly accurate or correct: The approximate time was 10 o'clock.
- near; close together.
- very similar; nearly identical.
- to come near to; approach closely to: to approximate an ideal.
- to estimate: We approximated the distance at three miles.
- to simulate; imitate closely: The motions of the stars can be approximated in a planetarium.
- to bring near.
- to come near in position, character, amount, etc.
Origin of approximate
Examples from the Web for approximate
By 2018, Chinese wealth is expected to approximate the level of US wealth in 1993.World Will Be 40 Percent Richer By 2018
December 20, 2013
I figure out the approximate outline, the sequence of subject matter for the chapter, numbering the material.How I Write: Jared Diamond
November 20, 2013
And nobody had reported a missing child of that approximate age.Baby Hope Killer Confesses After 22 Years
October 13, 2013
The red line is the approximate break-even price of the average tar sands producer.The Quixotic Crusade Against the Keystone Pipeline
March 1, 2013
T: Can you give an approximate number of how many gay men there are in the NFL?Wade Davis on NFL Players Who Live Semi-Open Gay Lives
January 9, 2013
What is the approximate temperature for: (a) a moderate oven?Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
First—Approximate weight of the machine when finished and equipped.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
And can toleration in the active-spirited be ever anything more than approximate?The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
The tale of one day will give an approximate idea of most of the days I spent with her.The First Violin
It wouldn't give much of a signal, but you'd know our approximate position.Death Wish
- almost accurate or exact
- inexact; rough; looseonly an approximate fit
- much alike; almost the same
- near; close together
- (usually foll by to) to come or bring near or close; be almost the same (as)
- maths to find an expression for (some quantity) accurate to a specified degreeSee accurate (def. 4)
Word Origin and History for approximate
early 15c., "to bring or put close," from approximate (adj.). Meaning "to come close" is from 1789. Related: Approximated; approximating.
- To bring together, as cut edges of tissue.
- Relating to the contact surfaces, either proximal or distal, of two adjacent teeth; proximate.
- Close together. Used of the teeth in the human jaw.