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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. approximately, about, close to, just about, some, roughly, more or less, around, or so(adverb)

    (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct

    "lasted approximately an hour"; "in just about a minute"; "he's about 30 years old"; "I've had about all I can stand"; "we meet about once a month"; "some forty people came"; "weighs around a hundred pounds"; "roughly $3,000"; "holds 3 gallons, more or less"; "20 or so people were at the party"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. approximately(adverb)əˈprɒk sə mɪt; v. -ˌmeɪt

    close to the exact amount; = roughly

    The box contains approximately 40 matches.; weighing approximately 40kg


  1. approximately(Adverb)

    Imprecise but close to in quantity or amount.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Approximately(adverb)

    with approximation; so as to approximate; nearly

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'approximately' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3483

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'approximately' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3624

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'approximately' in Adverbs Frequency: #252

Translations for approximately

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


nearly; more or less

There will be approximately five hundred people present.

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