Approximate meaning

ə-prŏksə-mĭt
Very similar; closely resembling.

Sketched an approximate likeness of the suspect.

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To approximate is defined as to get a general idea or to come close to something.

To round off numbers so you can estimate the answer is an example of how to approximate an answer.

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The definition of approximate is a time or a tangible item which is close to something else but not exactly like it.

Stating that a play will start at 7:00 when it will actually start a few minutes after that is an example of the time of 7:00 being an approximate time.

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To come near or close, as in degree, nature, or quality.
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Close together but not united.
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Almost exact or correct.

The approximate time of the accident.

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Near correctness; nearly exact; not perfectly accurate.

Approximate results or values.

To help carry out its mission, NASA's Genesis spacecraft has on board an ion monitor to record the speed, density, temperature and approximate composition of the solar wind ions.

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To bring near.
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To bring near; make approach (to something)
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To carry or advance near; to cause to approach.

To approximate the inequality of riches to the level of nature. --Burke.

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To come near to; to approach.

The telescope approximates perfection. --J. Morse.

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To come close to; be nearly the same as.

This meat substitute approximates the real thing.

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To bring together, as cut edges of tissue.
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Near in position; close together.
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Much like; resembling.
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More or less correct or exact.
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To come near to; approach or be almost the same as.

This painting approximates reality.

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To estimate roughly.
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To come near; be almost the same.
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Origin of approximate

  • Middle English from Late Latin approximātus past participle of approximāre to approach Latin ad- ad- proximāre to come near (from proximus nearest per1 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin approximatus, past participle of approximare (“to approach”); ad + proximare (“to come near”). See proximate.

    From Wiktionary