Meaning of APPROXIMATE in English

Pronunciation: - ˌ m ā t

Function: verb

Inflected Form: -mat · ed ; -mat · ing

Date: 15th century

transitive verb

1 a : to bring near or close b : to bring (cut edges of tissue) together

2 : to come near to or be close to in position, value, or characteristics <a child tries to approximate his parents' speech>

intransitive verb : to come close ― usually used with to

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.