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approximate

[ adjective uh-prok-suh-mit; verb uh-prok-suh-meyt ]
/ adjective 蓹藞pr蓲k s蓹 m瑟t; verb 蓹藞pr蓲k s蓹藢me瑟t /
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adjective
verb (used with object), ap路prox路i路mat路ed, ap路prox路i路mat路ing.
verb (used without object), ap路prox路i路mat路ed, ap路prox路i路mat路ing.
to come near in position, character, amount, etc.
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Origin of approximate

1400鈥50; late Middle English <Late Latin approxim膩tus drawn near to, approached (past participle of approxim膩re). See ap-1, proximate

OTHER WORDS FROM approximate

ap路prox路i路mate路ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for approximate

approximate

adjective (蓹藞pr蓲ks瑟m瑟t)
almost accurate or exact
inexact; rough; looseonly an approximate fit
much alike; almost the same
near; close together
verb (蓹藞pr蓲ks瑟藢me瑟t)
(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)

Derived forms of approximate

approximative, adjective

Word Origin for approximate

C15: from Late Latin approxim膩re, from Latin proximus nearest, from prope near
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Medical definitions for approximate

approximate
[ 蓹-pr艔ks蓹-m膩t鈥 ]

v.
To bring together, as cut edges of tissue.
adj.
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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