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.
Origin of approximate
Related Words for approximatesclose, near, rough, loose, guessed, resembling, matching, like, neighboring, bordering, resemble, reach, touch, estimate, approach, almost, comparative, proximate, relative, imperfect
Examples from the Web for approximates
Historical Examples of approximates
No wonder the crop of the Negro approximates that of the white man.The Negro Farmer
Germany has nothing which approximates to a two-Power standard.The Myth of a Guilty Nation
Albert Jay Nock
The development of the locomotive in America approximates its development in England.The Story of the Pullman Car
But he often approximates to the Vampire as we meet him in Western folk-lore.
It approximates gradually the points of attachment of the thread.The Insect World
Word Origin for approximate
early 15c., "to bring or put close," from approximate (adj.). Meaning "to come close" is from 1789. Related: Approximated; approximating.