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  • 1 approximate — ap‧prox‧i‧mate [əˈprɒksmt ǁ əˈprɑːk ] adjective an approximate amount or number is not exact, but is more or less correct: • an approximate calculation of the overall cost of the project approximately adverb : • Travelling time from London is… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 approximate — [adj1] almost accurate, exact almost, close, comparative, near, proximate, relative, rough; concept 557 Ant. accurate, clear, definite, exact, precise approximate [adj2] inexact estimated, guessed, imperfect, imprecise, loose, rough, surmised,… …

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  • 3 Approximate — Ap*prox i*mate, a. [L. approximatus, p. p. of approximare to approach; ad + proximare to come near. See {Proximate}.] 1. Approaching; proximate; nearly resembling. [1913 Webster] 2. Near correctness; nearly exact; not perfectly accurate; as,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Approximate — Ap*prox i*mate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Approximated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Approximating}.] 1. To carry or advance near; to cause to approach. [1913 Webster] To approximate the inequality of riches to the level of nature. Burke. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 approximate — I adjective alike, almost, approaching, close, comparable, estimated, imprecise, in the vicinity of, inexact, like, much the same, nearly accurate, nearly correct, nearly equal, nearly perfect, nearly resembling, nigh, not perfectly accurate,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 Approximate — Ap*prox i*mate, v. i. To draw; to approach. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 approximate — vb *approach, near …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 approximate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ fairly accurate but not totally precise. ► VERB 1) come close in quality or quantity. 2) estimate fairly accurately. DERIVATIVES approximately adverb approximation noun approximative adjective …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 approximate — [ə präk′sə mit; ] for v. [, ə präk′səmāt΄] adj. [ME < LL approximatus, pp. of approximare, to come near < L ad , to + proximus, superl. of prope, near] 1. near in position; close together 2. much like; resembling 3. more or less correct or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 approximate — v. (BE) (D; intr.) ( to come near ) to approximate to (to approximate to the truth) * * * [ə prɒksɪmeɪt] (BE) (D; intr.) ( to come near ) to approximate to (to approximate to the truth) apt adf. (cannot stand alone) approximate to + inf. (he is… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 approximate — ap|prox|i|mate1 W3S3 [əˈprɔksımıt US əˈpra:k ] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Late Latin; Origin: , past participle of approximare to come near to , from Latin ad to + proximare to come near ] an approximate number, amount, or time is close to the exact …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 approximate — approximates, approximating, approximated (The adjective is pronounced [[t]əprɒ̱ksɪmət[/t]]. The verb is pronounced [[t]əprɒ̱ksɪmeɪt[/t]].) 1) ADJ GRADED An approximate number, time, or position is close to the correct number, time, or position,… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 approximate — I UK [əˈprɒksɪmət] / US [əˈprɑksɪmət] adjective a) not exact, but close to an exact amount, number, time etc the approximate cost of repairs/time of death b) not exact or accurate, but good enough to be useful I can give you an approximate idea… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 approximate — {{11}}approximate (adj.) early 15c., from L. approximatus, pp. of approximare to come near to, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + proximare come near, from proximus nearest, superlative of prope near (see PROPINQUITY (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 15 approximate —    means near to, so very approximate ought to mean very near to. Yet when most people speak of a very approximate estimate, they mean a very tentative one, not a very close one. Gowers, in The Complete Plain Words, roundly criticized the usage… …

    Dictionary of troublesome word

  • 16 approximate — I. 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… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 approximate — 1. adjective /əˈprɒk.sɪ.mət,ʌˈpɹɑks.ə.mɪt,əˈprɒk.sɪm.eɪt,ʌˈpɹɑks.ə.maɪt/ a) Approaching; proximate; nearly resembling. Approximate results or values. b) Near correctness; nearly exact; not perfectly …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 approximate — ap|prox|i|mate1 [ ə praksımət ] adjective not exact, but close to an exact amount, number, time, etc.: the approximate time of death/cost of repairs a. not exact or accurate, but good enough to be useful: I can give you an approximate idea of… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 approximate — adj. & v. adj. 1 fairly correct or accurate; near to the actual (the approximate time of arrival; an approximate guess). 2 near or next (your approximate neighbour). v.tr. & intr. (often foll. by to) bring or come near (esp. in quality, number,… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 20 approximate — approximately, adv. adj. /euh prok seuh mit/; v. /euh prok seuh mayt /, adj., v., approximated, approximating. adj. 1. near or approaching a certain state, condition, goal, or standard. 2. nearly exact; not perfectly accurate or correct: The… …

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