- The definition of proximate is the next or nearest person or thing.
An example of proximate is the person you are sitting next to in a movie theater; a proximate movie goer.
- next or nearest in space, order, time, etc.
- nearly accurate; approximate
Origin of proximateLate Latin proximatus, past participle of proximare, to come near ; from Classical Latin proximus, nearest, superlative of prope, near
- Direct or immediate: “The stock market crash in October, 1929 &ellipsis; is often regarded as &ellipsis; the major proximate cause of the Great Depression” (Milton Friedman). “The proximate cause of America's deficits is that Washington has dramatically cut the taxes of America's rich” (Eamonn Fingleton).
- Very near or next, as in space, time, or order. See Synonyms at close.
Origin of proximateLatin proximātus, past participle of proximāre, to come near, from proximus, nearest; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
From Late Latin proximatus, past participle of proximare (“to draw near, approach"), from Latin proximus (“nearest"), superlative of prope (“near").