[ adjective uh-prok-suh-mit; verb uh-prok-suh-meyt ]
/ adjective əˈprɒk sə mɪt; verb əˈprɒk səˌmeɪt /


verb (used with object), ap·prox·i·mat·ed, ap·prox·i·mat·ing.

verb (used without object), ap·prox·i·mat·ed, ap·prox·i·mat·ing.

to come near in position, character, amount, etc.

Origin of approximate

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin approximātus drawn near to, approached (past participle of approximāre). See ap-1, proximate

OTHER WORDS FROM approximate

ap·prox·i·mate·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for approximately (1 of 2)

/ (əˈprɒksɪmɪtlɪ) /


close to; around; roughly or in the region of

British Dictionary definitions for approximately (2 of 2)


adjective (əˈprɒksɪmɪt)

almost accurate or exact
inexact; rough; looseonly an approximate fit
much alike; almost the same
near; close together

verb (əˈprɒksɪˌmeɪt)

(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 approximāre, from Latin proximus nearest, from prope near
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Medical definitions for approximately

[ ə-prŏksə-māt′ ]


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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