Verb approximate Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


approximate (third-person singular simple present approximates, present participle approximating, simple past and past participle approximated)

  1. To carry or advance near; to cause to approach.
  2. To come near to; to approach.
  3. To estimate.

More definition:

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. come near to; approach closely to, to approximate an ideal. estimate, We approximated the distance at three miles. simulate; imitate closely, The motions of the stars can be approximated in a planetarium. bring near. come near in position, character, amount, etc.

1. almost accurate or exact

2. inexact; rough; loose, only an approximate fit

3. much alike; almost the same

4. near; close together verb (əˈprɒksɪˌmeɪt)

5. (usually foll by to) to come or bring near or close; be almost the same (as)

6. (maths) to find an expression for (some quantity) accurate to a specified degree See accurate (sense 4) Derived Formsapproximative, adjective Word OriginC15, from Late Latin approximāre, from Latin proximus nearest, from prope nearCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
early 15c., from Latin approximatus, past participle of approximare "to come near to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + proximare "come near," from proximus "nearest," superlative of prope "near" (see propinquity).
early 15c., "to bring or put close," from approximate (adj.). Meaning "to come close" is from 178

9. Related, Approximated; approximating.


We have an approximate time frame and a partial ID.

He also determined a roughly approximate value for the mechanical equivalent of heat from the results of these experiments.

The approximate weights of some of the principal bales on the English market are as follows: United States.

The figures obtainable with respect to shipping are approximate, the statistical data not being altogether complete.

The following approximate figures for small magnetizing forces are deduced from Hopkinson's curves: 9 Proc. Roy.

(v.) Permutations and Combinations may be regarded as arithmetical recreations; they become important algebraically in reference to the binomial theroem (�� 41, 44)� (vi.) Surds and Approximate Logarithms. - From the arithmetical point of view, surds present a greater difficulty than negative quantities and fractional numbers.

But history does give us plenty of patterns of behavior and examples of cause and effect, and in those patterns and examples we usually can find ones that approximate our circumstances.

(2) However much we approximate the time of judgment to the time of the deed, we never get a conception of freedom in time.

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