What does approximate mean?

Definitions for approximate
əˈprɒk sə mɪt; -ˌmeɪtap·prox·i·mate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. approximate, approximative, roughadjective

    not quite exact or correct

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

  2. approximate, nearadjective

    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 closeverb

    be close or similar

    "Her results approximate my own"

  5. estimate, gauge, approximate, guess, judgeverb

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

    "I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds"


  1. approximateverb

    To estimate.

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

  2. approximateverb

    To carry or advance near; to cause to approach.

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

  3. approximateverb

    To come near to; to approach.

    The telescope approximates perfection. --J. Morse.

  4. approximateadjective

    Approaching; proximate; nearly resembling.

  5. approximateadjective

    Near correctness; nearly exact; not perfectly accurate.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Approximateadjective

    Near to.

    Etymology: from ad, to, and proximus, near, Lat.

    These receive a quick conversion, containing approximate dispositions unto animation. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. iii. c. 21.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Approximateadjective

    approaching; proximate; nearly resembling

  2. Approximateadjective

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

  3. Approximateverb

    to carry or advance near; to cause to approach

  4. Approximateverb

    to come near to; to approach

  5. Approximateverb

    to draw; to approach

  6. Etymology: [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 a value with informed data, information, facts, research, statistics, experience and knowledge.

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

    Submitted by MaryC on July 26, 2015  


  1. Approximate

    near to; applies to antennae inserted close together.

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  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

Examples of approximate in a Sentence

  1. Ari Brown:

    What we learn is that we as humans are very much social beasts and we are really learning by engaging with other humans and so the more that a digital technology can approximate that, the more a young child can get out of it.

  2. The NWS:

    In a similar way, it provides one value each day that indicates the approximate level of heat risk concern for any location, along with identifying the groups who are most at risk.

  3. Francois Mitterand:

    il faut laisser du temps au temps (you have to give time time - approximate translation)

  4. Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson:

    We were able to determine an approximate area where she might be found, virginia State Police were dispatched to the general area Saturday afternoon, and she was located just inside the North Carolina border on Route 89 in Surry County.

  5. Suraj Achar:

    Men’s wrestling and football have the highest injury rate, but these only approximate Reidar Lystad to 35 injuries per 1,000 athletic exposures.

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  • приблизителен, приближавам се доBulgarian
  • aproximatCatalan, Valencian
  • přibližnýCzech
  • brasWelsh
  • annähernd, annähernd erreichen, ungefähr, zirka, circa, annähernGerman
  • προσεγγίζω, χονδρικός, πλησιάζω, παραπλήσιοςGreek
  • aproximadoSpanish
  • lähestyä, likiarvoinen, likimääräinen, lähentää, estimoida, arvioida, lähentyä, approksimoidaFinnish
  • approximer, approximatif, approximantFrench
  • לשערHebrew
  • āwhiwhiwhi, whakaawhiwhi, whakatataMāori
  • aproximadoPortuguese
  • приблизительный, примерный, приближенныйRussian

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    marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions
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    • C. profound
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