Definitions for approximateəˈprɒk sə mɪt; -ˌmeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ap•prox•i•mateəˈprɒk sə mɪt; -ˌmeɪt(adj.; v.)-mat•ed, -mat•ing.

  1. (adj.)nearly exact; not perfectly accurate:

    The approximate time was 10 o'clock.

  2. near; close together.

  3. very similar; nearly identical.

  4. (v.t.)to approach closely to:

    to approximate an ideal.

  5. to estimate.

  6. to simulate:

    The motions of the stars can be approximated in a planetarium.

  7. to bring near.

  8. (v.i.)to come close.

Origin of approximate:

1400–50; late ME < LL approximātus, ptp. of approximāre to approach. See ap -1, proximate


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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. approximate(adjective)əˈprɒk sə mɪt; v. -ˌmeɪt

    near to an amount but not exact; = estimated

    an approximate number; approximate measurements


  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

Translations for approximate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


very nearly correct or accurate; not intended to be absolutely correct

Give me an approximate answer!; Can you give me an approximate price for the job?

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