[ prok-suh-mit ]
/ ˈprɒk sə mɪt /


next; nearest; immediately before or after in order, place, occurrence, etc.
close; very near.
approximate; fairly accurate.
forthcoming; imminent.

Nearby words

  1. proxemics,
  2. proxima,
  3. proxima centauri,
  4. proximad,
  5. proximal,
  6. proximately,
  7. proximation,
  8. proxime accessit,
  9. proximity,
  10. proximity fuse

Origin of proximate

1590–1600; < Late Latin proximātus, past participle of proximāre to near, approach. See proximal, -ate1

Related formsprox·i·mate·ly, adverbprox·i·mate·ness, nounprox·i·ma·tion [prok-suh-mey-shuh n] /ˌprɒk səˈmeɪ ʃən/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for proximate



/ (ˈprɒksɪmɪt) /


next or nearest in space or time
very near; close
immediately preceding or following in a series
a less common word for approximate
Derived Formsproximately, adverbproximateness, nounproximation, noun

Word Origin for proximate

C16: from Late Latin proximāre to draw near, from Latin proximus next, from prope near

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Word Origin and History for proximate



"neighboring," 1590s (implied in proximately), from Late Latin proximatus, past participle of proximare "to draw near," from proximus "nearest, next" (see proximity).

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Medicine definitions for proximate


[ prŏksə-mĭt ]


Closely related in space, time, or order; very near; proximal.

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