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

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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for proximation



  1. next or nearest in space or time
  2. very near; close
  3. immediately preceding or following in a series
  4. 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 proximation



"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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proximation in Medicine


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