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.
- approximation suture,
Origin of approximate
Examples from the Web for approximates
The Dew-point apparatus, now discontinued, approximates very closely in its readings to the dry and wet bulb thermometers.
He approximates to his inferior contemporaries only in the matter of fruit, salads, and oysters, not to mention wild-duck.Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine|William Carew Hazlitt
Thus he approximates to the wave theory of light, though he supposed that the transmission of light was instantaneous.
Put to the test, these beast tales yield a dogmatic system which approximates in many points to such heterodox teaching.Rumanian Bird and Beast Stories|Anonymous
The animal is about the size of a hare, to which it approximates in form and habits.
Word Origin for approximate
early 15c., from Latin approximatus, past participle of approximare "to come near to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + proximare "come near," from proximus "nearest," superlative of prope "near" (see propinquity).
early 15c., "to bring or put close," from approximate (adj.). Meaning "to come close" is from 1789. Related: Approximated; approximating.