Sketched an approximate likeness of the suspect.
To round off numbers so you can estimate the answer is an example of how to approximate an answer.
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.
The approximate time of the accident.
This meat substitute approximates the real thing.
This painting approximates reality.
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