Meaning of APPROXIMATE in English

I. əˈpräksəmə̇t, usu -ə̇d.+V adjective

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

1. : nearly resembling

doing such approximate justice as we could — W.A.White

2. : near to correctness or accuracy : nearly exact

a sketch map with approximate topography — C.B.Hitchcock

an approximate idea of the agricultural area — J.M.Mogey

at the approximate center of the state

3. : located very close together

leaves that are ovate and approximate

II. -ˌmāt, usu -ād.+V verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb


a. : to bring near or close to : cause to approach : make approximate

the closer the performing conditions for Sebastian Bach's concerted music are approximated to those of early eighteenth century provincial Germany — Virgil Thomson

b. medicine : to bring together (cut edges of tissue)

2. : to come near to : approach

the candidate's memory should closely approximate a hypothetical norm — H.G.Armstrong

nothing approximating a history of American letters was printed — H.M.Jones

3. : to set by hasty and crude calculation : estimate

maybe the map is just approximated when it comes to precise distances — A.R.Marcus

intransitive verb

: to come close

to make the effects of poetry approximate to those of music — Edmund Wilson

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