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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.*

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## 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 accurate

^{4}

[C15: from Late Latin

*approximāre,*from Latin*proximus*nearest, from*prope*near]**apˈproximative**

*adj*

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## 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.*

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## approximate

**Past participle:**approximated

**Gerund:**approximating

Imperative |
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approximate |

approximate |

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Verb | 1. | approximate - 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" |

2. | 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 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" 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 correct; "the approximate time was 10 o'clock"; "a rough guess"; "a ballpark estimate"inexact - not exact |

2. | approximate - 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 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" |

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## approximate

*adjective*

*verb*

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## approximate

*verb*

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Translations

**تَقريبي**تَقْرِيبيّ

**přibližný**

**anslået**

**cirka-**

**approksimoida**

**arvioida**

**estimoida**

**lähentää**

**lähentyä**

**približan**

**sem er nærri lagi**

**近似の**

**대략적인**

**apytikriai**

**apytikris**

**apytikris apskaičiavimas**

**apytikris atsakymas ir pan**

**apytikris skaičius**

**aptuvens**

**približen**

**ungefärlig**

**ประมาณ**

**xấp xỉ**

## approximate

Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

## approximate

[əˈprɒksɪmət]*adj*[

*value, cost, length, size, height*] → approximatif/ive; [

*time, age, date, number*] → approximatif/ive

[əˈprɒksɪmeɪt]

gains approximating 83 million dollars

to approximate to sth → ressembler à qch

*vt*→ se rapprocher de, être proche degains approximating 83 million dollars

*BUT*des gains d'environ 83 millions de dollars.to approximate to sth → ressembler à qch

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## approximate

*adj*→ ungefähr; these figures are only

**approximate**→ dies sind nur ungefähre Werte; three hours is the

**approximate**time needed → man braucht ungefähr drei Stunden

*vi*to

**approximate**to something → einer Sache

*(dat)*→ in etwa entsprechen; they

**approximate**to one another → sie entsprechen einander in etwa

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## approximate

[*adj*əˈprɒksɪmɪt;

*vb*əˈprɒksɪmeɪt]

**1.**

*adj*→ approssimativo/a, approssimato/a

Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

## 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.

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## 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Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009

## ap·prox·i·mate

*a.*aproximado-a.

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