- 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 approximately
Approximately 100 Romney fans were invited on the call, he said.‘Ready for Romney’ Is Amateur Hour
December 23, 2014
All in all, approximately 13,000 Allied POWs and 90,000 Asian laborers perished while working on the railway.Riding Thailand’s WWII Death Railway
December 21, 2014
An NYPD spokesperson told The Daily Beast that the lead suspect is a black man, approximately six feet tall.How to Get Away With Stealing $2 Million in Jewelry in the Heart of New York
November 13, 2014
Wetzel told me that at approximately the 10-year mark, lifers tend to become altruistic and “start getting involved.”Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On
November 10, 2014
Of the approximately 55,000 square miles of land in New York State, less than 500 of them are in New York City.Andrew Cuomo Ignores Rural New York
November 8, 2014
He had approximately as many men at his disposal as his colleague—about 250,000.
Their position then—according to Pitt's log—was approximately 75 deg.Captain Blood
Depth of the bed ran about 32 inches and the width was approximately 42 to 46 inches.Conestoga Wagons in Braddock's Campaign, 1755
Don H. Berkebile
On the shores of this lake there are, approximately, 15,000 acres of grapes.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
In the public schools there are (approximately) 390 men and 316 women teachers.
- close to; around; roughly or in the region of
- 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 approximately
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.