[adjective uh-prok-suh-mit; verb uh-prok-suh-meyt]
- 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
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- 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)
C15: from Late Latin approximāre, from Latin proximus nearest, from prope near
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Word Origin and History for approximates
early 15c., "to bring or put close," from approximate (adj.). Meaning "to come close" is from 1789. Related: Approximated; approximating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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.
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