Meaning of APPROXIMATE in English

I. ə-ˈpräk-sə-mət adjective

Etymology: Late Latin approximatus, past participle of approximare to come near, from Latin ad- + proximare to come near — more at proximate

Date: 15th century

1. : located close together

approximate leaves

2. : nearly correct or exact

an approximate solution

• ap·prox·i·mate·ly adverb

II. -ˌmāt verb

( -mat·ed ; -mat·ing )

Date: 15th century

transitive verb


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's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.