Meaning of APPROXIMATE in English

— approximately , adv.

adj. /euh prok"seuh mit/ ; v. /euh prok"seuh mayt'/ , adj., v., approximated, approximating .


1. near or approaching a certain state, condition, goal, or standard.

2. nearly exact; not perfectly accurate or correct: The approximate time was 10 o'clock.

3. near; close together.

4. very similar; nearly identical.


5. to come near to; approach closely to: to approximate an ideal.

6. to estimate: We approximated the distance at three miles.

7. to simulate; imitate closely: The motions of the stars can be approximated in a planetarium.

8. to bring near.


9. to come near in position, character, amount, etc.

[ 1400-50; late ME approximatus drawn near to, approached (ptp. of approximare ). See AP- 1 , PROXIMATE ]

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