What does approximate mean?

Definitions for approximateəˈprɒk sə mɪt; -ˌmeɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word approximate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. approximate, approximative, rough(adj)

    not quite exact or correct

    "the approximate time was 10 o'clock"; "a rough guess"; "a ballpark estimate"

  2. approximate, near(adj)

    very close in resemblance

    "sketched in an approximate likeness"; "a near likeness"

  3. approximate, close together(p)(verb)

    located close together

    "with heads close together"; "approximate leaves grow together but are not united"

  4. approximate, come close(verb)

    be close or similar

    "Her results approximate my own"

  5. estimate, gauge, approximate, guess, judge(verb)

    judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)

    "I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds"


  1. approximate(Verb)

    To estimate.

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

  2. approximate(Verb)

    To carry or advance near; to cause to approach.

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

  3. approximate(Verb)

    To come near to; to approach.

    The telescope approximates perfection. --J. Morse.

  4. approximate(Adjective)

    Approaching; proximate; nearly resembling.

  5. approximate(Adjective)

    Near correctness; nearly exact; not perfectly accurate.

  6. Origin: From approximatus, past participle of approximare; ad + proximare. See proximate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Approximate(adj)

    approaching; proximate; nearly resembling

  2. Approximate(adj)

    near correctness; nearly exact; not perfectly accurate; as, approximate results or values

  3. Approximate(verb)

    to carry or advance near; to cause to approach

  4. Approximate(verb)

    to come near to; to approach

  5. Approximate(verb)

    to draw; to approach

  6. Origin: [L. approximatus, p. p. of approximare to approach; ad + proximare to come near. See Proximate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Approximate

    ap-proks′im-āt, adj. nearest or next: approaching correctness.—v.t. to bring near.—v.i. to come near, to approach.—adv. Approx′imately.—n. Approximā′tion, an approach: a result in mathematics not rigorously exact, but so near the truth as to be sufficient for a given purpose.—adj. Approx′imative, approaching closely. [L. approximāre, -atumad, to, proximus, nearest, superl. of prope, near.]

Editors Contribution

  1. approximate

    Is to calculate the value of something based on informed experience, data or knowledge.

    Accountants approximate in financial projections based on informed financial experience, data or knowledge - e.g last year same period the income was £35,000 and it is on track for similar figures for this financial year based on orders to date.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of approximate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of approximate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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Translations for approximate

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • приблизителен, приближавам се доBulgarian
  • aproximatCatalan, Valencian
  • přibližnýCzech
  • brasWelsh
  • annähernd, annähern, circa, ungefähr, annähernd erreichen, zirkaGerman
  • παραπλήσιος, προσεγγίζω, πλησιάζω, χονδρικόςGreek
  • aproximadoSpanish
  • likimääräinen, approksimoida, lähentyä, arvioida, estimoida, lähentää, likiarvoinen, lähestyäFinnish
  • approximer, approximatif, approximantFrench
  • לשערHebrew
  • āwhiwhiwhi, whakaawhiwhi, whakatataMāori
  • aproximadoPortuguese
  • приближенный, приблизительный, примерныйRussian

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