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, but is not exact.

The approximate cost varies from around ₤150 to ₤250...

The times are approximate only.

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approximately ADV ADV num

Approximately $150 million is to be spent on improvements.

2) ADJ-GRADED An idea or description that is approximate is not intended to be precise or accurate, but to give some indication of what something is like.

They did not have even an approximate idea what the Germans really wanted.

3) VERB If something approximates to something else, it is similar to it but is not exactly the same.

[V to n] Something approximating to a just outcome will be ensured...

[V n] The mixture described below will approximate it, but is not exactly the same.

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  • 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

  • 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,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Approximate — Ap*prox i*mate, v. i. To draw; to approach. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • approximate — vb *approach, near …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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