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ap·prox·i·mate

 (ə-prŏk′sə-mĭt)
adj.
1. Almost exact or correct: the approximate time of the accident.
2. Very similar; closely resembling: sketched an approximate likeness of the suspect.
3. Botany Close together but not united.
v. (-māt′) ap·prox·i·mat·ed, ap·prox·i·mat·ing, ap·prox·i·mates
v.tr.
1. To come close to; be nearly the same as: This meat substitute approximates the real thing.
2. To bring near.
3. To bring together, as cut edges of tissue.
v.intr.
To come near or close, as in degree, nature, or quality.

[Middle English, from Late Latin approximātus, past participle of approximāre, to approach : Latin ad-, ad- + proximāre, to come near (from proximus, nearest; see per in Indo-European roots).]

ap·prox′i·mate·ly adv.

approximate

adj
1. almost accurate or exact
2. inexact; rough; loose: only an approximate fit.
3. much alike; almost the same
4. near; close together
vb
5. (usually foll by to) to come or bring near or close; be almost the same (as)
6. (Mathematics) maths to find an expression for (some quantity) accurate to a specified degree. See accurate4
[C15: from Late Latin approximāre, from Latin proximus nearest, from prope near]
apˈproximative adj

ap•prox•i•mate

(adj. əˈprɒk sə mɪt; v. -ˌmeɪt)

adj., v. -mat•ed, -mat•ing. adj.
1. nearly exact; not perfectly accurate: The approximate time was 10 o'clock.
2. near; close together.
3. very similar; nearly identical.
v.t.
4. to approach closely to: to approximate an ideal.
5. to estimate.
6. to simulate: The motions of the stars can be approximated in a planetarium.
7. to bring near.
v.i.
8. to come close.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin approximātus, past participle of approximāre to approach. See ap-1, proximate]
ap•prox′i•mate•ly, adv.

approximate


Past participle: approximated
Gerund: approximating

Imperative
approximate
approximate
Present
I approximate
you approximate
he/she/it approximates
we approximate
you approximate
they approximate
Preterite
I approximated
you approximated
he/she/it approximated
we approximated
you approximated
they approximated
Present Continuous
I am approximating
you are approximating
he/she/it is approximating
we are approximating
you are approximating
they are approximating
Present Perfect
I have approximated
you have approximated
he/she/it has approximated
we have approximated
you have approximated
they have approximated
Past Continuous
I was approximating
you were approximating
he/she/it was approximating
we were approximating
you were approximating
they were approximating
Past Perfect
I had approximated
you had approximated
he/she/it had approximated
we had approximated
you had approximated
they had approximated
Future
I will approximate
you will approximate
he/she/it will approximate
we will approximate
you will approximate
they will approximate
Future Perfect
I will have approximated
you will have approximated
he/she/it will have approximated
we will have approximated
you will have approximated
they will have approximated
Future Continuous
I will be approximating
you will be approximating
he/she/it will be approximating
we will be approximating
you will be approximating
they will be approximating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been approximating
you have been approximating
he/she/it has been approximating
we have been approximating
you have been approximating
they have been approximating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been approximating
you will have been approximating
he/she/it will have been approximating
we will have been approximating
you will have been approximating
they will have been approximating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been approximating
you had been approximating
he/she/it had been approximating
we had been approximating
you had been approximating
they had been approximating
Conditional
I would approximate
you would approximate
he/she/it would approximate
we would approximate
you would approximate
they would approximate
Past Conditional
I would have approximated
you would have approximated
he/she/it would have approximated
we would have approximated
you would have approximated
they would have approximated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.approximate - be close or similarapproximate - be close or similar; "Her results approximate my own"
resemble - appear like; be similar or bear a likeness to; "She resembles her mother very much"; "This paper resembles my own work"
border on, approach - come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character; "This borders on discrimination!"; "His playing approaches that of Horowitz"
2.approximate - judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)approximate - judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time); "I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds"
compute, calculate, cipher, cypher, figure, reckon, work out - make a mathematical calculation or computation
quantise, quantize - approximate (a signal varying continuously in amplitude) by one whose amplitude is restricted to a prescribed set of discrete values
misgauge - gauge something incorrectly or improperly
put, place, set - estimate; "We put the time of arrival at 8 P.M."
give - estimate the duration or outcome of something; "He gave the patient three months to live"; "I gave him a very good chance at success"
lowball, underestimate - make a deliberately low estimate; "The construction company wanted the contract badly and lowballed"
assess - estimate the value of (property) for taxation; "Our house hasn't been assessed in years"
make - calculate as being; "I make the height about 100 feet"
reckon, count - take account of; "You have to reckon with our opponents"; "Count on the monsoon"
truncate - approximate by ignoring all terms beyond a chosen one; "truncate a series"
guesstimate - estimate based on a calculation
Adj.1.approximate - not quite exact or correctapproximate - not quite exact or correct; "the approximate time was 10 o'clock"; "a rough guess"; "a ballpark estimate"
inexact - not exact
2.approximate - very close in resemblanceapproximate - very close in resemblance; "sketched in an approximate likeness"; "a near likeness"
close - close in relevance or relationship; "a close family"; "we are all...in close sympathy with..."; "close kin"; "a close resemblance"
3.approximate - located close togetherapproximate - located close together; "with heads close together"; "approximate leaves grow together but are not united"
close - at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other; "close to noon"; "how close are we to town?"; "a close formation of ships"

approximate

adjective
1. rough, close, general, near, estimated, loose, vague, hazy, sketchy, amorphous, imprecise, inexact, almost exact, almost accurate The times are approximate only.
rough specific, correct, accurate, exact, precise, definite
verb
1. resemble, reach, approach, touch, come close to, border on, come near, verge on Something approximating a just outcome will be ensured.

approximate

verb
1. To come near, as in quality or amount:
2. To calculate approximately:
Translations
تَقريبيتَقْرِيبيّ
přibližný
anslåetcirka-
approksimoidaarvioidaestimoidalähentäälähentyä
približan
sem er nærri lagi
近似の
대략적인
apytikriaiapytikrisapytikris apskaičiavimasapytikris atsakymas ir panapytikris skaičius
aptuvens
približen
ungefärlig
ประมาณ
xấp xỉ

approximate

A. [əˈprɒksɪmɪt] ADJaproximado
B. [əˈprɒksɪmeɪt] VI to approximate toaproximarse a, acercarse a

approximate

[əˈprɒksɪmət]
adj [value, cost, length, size, height] → approximatif/ive; [time, age, date, number] → approximatif/ive
[əˈprɒksɪmeɪt] vtse rapprocher de, être proche de
gains approximating 83 million dollars
BUT des gains d'environ 83 millions de dollars.
to approximate to sth → ressembler à qch

approximate

adjungefähr; these figures are only approximatedies sind nur ungefähre Werte; three hours is the approximate time neededman braucht ungefähr drei Stunden
vi to approximate to somethingeiner Sache (dat)in etwa entsprechen; they approximate to one anothersie entsprechen einander in etwa
vt to approximate somethingeiner Sache (dat)in etwa entsprechen

approximate

[adj əˈprɒksɪmɪt; vb əˈprɒksɪmeɪt]
1. adjapprossimativo/a, approssimato/a
2. vi to approximate toessere un'approssimazione di, avvicinarsi a

approximate

(əˈproksimət) adjective
very nearly correct or accurate; not intended to be absolutely correct. Give me an approximate answer!; Can you give me an approximate price for the job?
apˈproximately adverb
nearly; more or less. There will be approximately five hundred people present.
apˌproximˈation noun
1. a figure, answer etc which is not (intended to be) exact. This figure is just an approximation.
2. the process of estimating a figure etc. We decided on a price by a process of approximation.

approximate

تَقْرِيبيّ přibližný anslået ungefähr προσεγγιστικός aproximado likimääräinen approximatif približan approssimativo 近似の 대략적인 geschat omtrentlig przybliżony aproximado приблизительный ungefärlig ประมาณ yaklaşık xấp xỉ 近似的

ap·prox·i·mate

a. aproximado-a.
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Cedric lived to see this union approximate towards its completion; for as the two nations mixed in society and formed intermarriages with each other, the Normans abated their scorn, and the Saxons were refined from their rusticity.
An approximate nearness of age, a similarity in ways of thinking, a common love of fresh air, and of the rich landscape scenery through which the coach was lumbering along,--these things, together with an indescribable magnetic something, drew us before long into one of those short-lived traveller's intimacies, in which we unbend with the more complacency because the intercourse is by its very nature transient, and makes no implicit demands upon the future.
But a wise ordinance of Nature has decreed that, in proportion as the working-classes increase in intelligence, knowledge, and all virtue, in that same proportion their acute angle (which makes them physically terrible) shall increase also and approximate to the comparatively harmless angle of the Equilateral Triangle.
In the latter case, he may well approximate to what the vulgar have called the `missing link.
And I knew too that Xodar spoke the truth when he lauded the speed of his little craft, for nothing that cleaves the thin air of Mars can approximate the speed of the ships of Helium.
Terrible as they were, they could not have commenced to approximate the horrible conditions which must have obtained before Tars Tarkas, the great green warrior, Xodar, the black dator, and I brought the light of truth to the outer world and stopped the mad rush of millions upon the voluntary pilgrimage to what they believed would end in a beautiful valley of peace and happiness and love.
He thinks too much of his ideal state, as something to be reached once for all by knowledge, as a fixed type to which actual states approximate or from which they are perversions.
Every discourse is an approximate answer: but it is of small consequence that we do not get it into verbs and nouns, whilst it abides for contemplation forever.
In an envelope on the table were notes for the money due on the month's board and an approximate sum for extras.
But not to speak of the intrinsic quality of histories of this kind (which may possibly even be of use to someone for something) the histories of culture, to which all general histories tend more and more to approximate, are significant from the fact that after seriously and minutely examining various religious, philosophic, and political doctrines as causes of events, as soon as they have to describe an actual historic event such as the campaign of 1812 for instance, they involuntarily describe it as resulting from an exercise of power- and say plainly that that was the result of Napoleon's will.
They veers so far from time and place that, although most of them related to our country and epoch, I could not imagine anything approximate from them; and Hawthorne himself seemed a remote and impalpable agency, rather than a person whom one might actually meet, as not long afterward happened with me.
I was immediately filled with shame; but in thinking the matter over since, I have come to the conclusion that my state of mind was influenced largely by my approximate nakedness.