Definition of


  1. (verb, cognition) judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)
  2. (verb, stative) be close or similar
  3. (adj, all) located close together
    approximate leaves grow together but are not united
  4. (adj, all) very close in resemblance
    a near likeness
  5. (adj, all) not quite exact or correct
    a rough guess
    a ballpark estimate

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Origin of the word Approximate

  1. 1640s, from L. approximatus, pp. of approximare "to come near to," from ad- "to" + proximare "come near," from proximus "nearest," superlative of prope "near." The verb is 1650s, from the adjective. Related: Approximately (1845). more

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